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A Conversation with the Experts: Intimate Partner Violence and Suicide Risk

October 20, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


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Intimate partner violence and suicide are both major public health crises, and they intersect. Survivors of IPV attempt suicide at much higher rates than others, and are at increased risk of suicide, both while experiencing IPV and later in their lives. Intimate partner violence as well as verbal and emotional abuse can cause PTSD, depression, hopelessness and other forms of psychological distress for victims, which can lead to thoughts of suicide. Studies show that up to 23% of survivors of IPV attempt suicide, compared to 3% of those who haven’t experienced IPV. IPV abusers are also at risk of suicide, particularly in cases of murder-suicide in which an abuser kills the victim then themselves. The majority of perpetrators of IPV are men and the majority of victims are women; groups at increased risk include those where due to systemic generational trauma, rates of IPV may be higher than in the general population, such as American Indians and Alaska Natives.

This panel brings together academics and practitioners to talk about how victims of IPV are impacted by suicide, the importance of screening for suicidal ideation when treating patients who have experienced IPV, and ways to mitigate/reduce the risk.

By the end of this conversation, participants will gain a greater understanding of the intersection of intimate partner violence and suicide risk and what practical steps to take to ensure patient safety.

Free for patient/client facing staff (including primary care physicians, nursing staff, social workers, etc.); frontline staff.


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October 20, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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