University of Toronto, University Health Network Centre for Mental Health, Canada
Intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual violence (SV) affect 30% of our patients, especially women, and are key contributors to many mental health problems including depression, anxiety, PTSD, somatization, chronic pain, sexual problems, sleep and eating disorders, suicide and self-harm, substance abuse and other risky behaviours. A new World Psychiatric Association (WPA) competency-based psychiatric curriculum for practising psychiatrists and trainees on IPV and SV with teaching aids including PowerPoints, case vignettes, a teaching video and references with abstracts that address definition, epidemiology, how to ask, and evidence-based treatments of victims will be presented. This curriculum has been approved by the WPA Executive Committee and is now posted on the WPA website at http://www.wpanet.org. It is being implemented by many medical schools and mental health organizations.