Hong Kong Med J 2012;18(Suppl 6):S14-7
Telephone intervention to improve the mental health of community-dwelling women abused by their intimate partners: a randomised controlled trial
A Tiwari, H Yuk, P Pang, DYT Fong, F Yuen, J Humphreys, L Bullock
Department of Nursing Studies, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
1. Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a prevalent public health problem and may go undetected in the community. Depression is one of its most common mental health sequelae.
2. Screening for IPV in the community is important for early detection and timely intervention.
3. An advocacy intervention comprising empowerment and telephone social support was effective in reducing depression and psychological aggression as well as improving perceived social support and safety-promoting behaviour for at least 6 months following the intervention.
4. Participants in IPV advocacy trials should be followed up for years, rather than weeks or months, in order to assess the long-term benefits of the intervention.