The Safing Center: A Specialty Clinic for Treatment and Prevention of IPV With Veterans

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Abstract

Intimate partner violence (IPV) has been identified as a significant public health problem that impacts millions of men and women in communities across the United States. The authors describe how one Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) utilizes a contemporary integrative approach (i.e., contextual IPV framework) in a specialty mental health clinic focused on treatment and prevention of IPV. This framework values psychosocial rehabilitation and a veteran-centered approach in IPV-related treatment, reduces stigma and shame connected with use and/or experience of IPV while simultaneously holding individuals accountable for their behavior, and creates a therapeutic context that allows for comprehensive assessment, systemic conceptualization, and collaborative treatment planning. The authors provide an overview of the clinic and present three clinical cases to illustrate how the contextual IPV framework is utilized in this setting.

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