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Letters Long term health needs in sexual trauma

Intimate partner violence is just one element of “intimate terrorism”

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 27 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6612
  1. Jeremy Gibson, general practitioner1,
  2. Zabaida Anwar, independent domestic violence advocate2
  1. 1NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Cardinal Square, Derby DE1 3QT, UK
  2. 2Luton, UK
  1. jeremy.gibson{at}

We are concerned that Ades and colleagues’ paper on the long term health needs of women with a history of sexual trauma might give the impression that most women experience intimate partner violence—physical or sexual—as an isolated event.12 Intimate partner violence is often only one element (albeit the one most easily identified) of a prolonged experience of “intimate terrorism,” where …

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