Intimate partner violence has tragic psychological and physical effects on adults and children, putting them at a greater risk of serious mental health problems, infectious and chronic diseases and death. Moreover, the growing body of evidence shows that intimate partner violence places a heavy burden on our businesses, communities, law enforcement, and healthcare systems, with the global economic costs estimated to be trillions of dollars a year. Watch the video to learn more.
“The problem cuts across social, religious and cultural lines. There is not a segment of society that is spared.”
Dean Michelle Williams, The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Intimate partner violence is a huge public health problem and preventing it has profound strategic importance. What is needed are more sophisticated research to understand the true scope of intimate partner violence, evidence-based strategies to shift the conversation from intervention to prevention and cross-sector collaboration. No one individual, community or organization can solve this public health crisis on its own.