J Korean Neuropsychiatr Assoc.  2019 Nov;58(4):270-276. 10.4306/jknpa.2019.58.4.270.

Domestic Violence: Evaluation and Prevention of Medical Sequelae of Victims

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Gil Medical Center, Gachon University College of Medicine, Incheon, Korea. mdbae@gilhospital.com
  • 2Incheon Smile Center for Victims of Crime, Incheon, Korea.


Domestic violence is a phenomenon that requires extensive medical attention as it has both short-term and long-term effects on the victims as well as their families and communities. Therefore, clinicians need to have not only a general knowledge of domestic violence, but also need to be skilled in early identification of victimized patients, proper intervention methods, and assessment of sequelae. Furthermore, as health care service providers, clinicians should make efforts to refer patients to appropriate institutions as a means of preventing further violence. This paper presents general ideas about the high-risk domestic violence group, gives guidelines for clinicians who are likely to meet such victims as a patient, and describes sequelae of and treatments for domestic violence victims and their children. In conclusion, through such medical endeavors and the roles of experts, the desire for an increase in social sensitivity to domestic violence and for minimizing short-term and long-term sequelae can be fulfilled. In the future, it is necessary to develop more suitable guidelines for the treatment of domestic violence victims and to undertake studies into the attitudes of medical professionals facing domestic violence victims in Korea.


Domestic violence; Spouse abuse; Intimate partner violence

MeSH Terms

Delivery of Health Care
Domestic Violence*
Intimate Partner Violence
Spouse Abuse
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