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Psychiatrists Urged to Increase Awareness of Domestic Violence

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, focusing national attention on a problem for which physicians and other health care workers—including psychiatrists—may be first responders. Psychiatrist Gail Robinson, M.D., points out that domestic violence can include physical, sexual, emotional, and verbal assault (including denigrating language and blaming the partner) and violence against objects such as punching the wall beside the partner. Robinson, who is APA’s minority and underrepresented trustee, is at the University of Toronto as director of the Women’s Mental Health Program, senior psychiatrist of the University Health Network, and a...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Thursday, 23 October, 2014

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