Prof. Sian Oram
King’s College London, United Kingdom
|Talk||Intimate-partner violence and mental health|
|Dates||September 4-7, 2020|
|Round Table 4||Violence against Women|
Dr Siân Oram is Head of the Section of Women’s Mental Health and Senior Lecturer in Women's Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London. Her research focuses on interpersonal trauma, its intersection with gender and with institutional and societal structures, and its relationship to mental health. She has an interest in developing methods for safe, ethical, and participatory research with and by people affected by trauma and abuse, and has expertise in qualitative methods, systematic reviews, and evaluation research. Sian is Co-Director of the UKRI-funded Violence Abuse and Mental Health Network, and PI on a range of projects developing and/or evaluating interventions to improve mental health of survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. Her work on intimate partner violence and mental health is cited by the World Health Organisation, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), and the Chief Medical Officer for England and Wales.
Intimate partner violence is highly prevalent worldwide. The prevalence of isolated acts of intimate partner violence is comparable for women and men, with women at greater risk of repeated, coercive, sexual, or severe physical assault. This talk presents evidence to demonstrate a two-way link between intimate partner violence and mental health problems, in which intimate partner violence increases the risk of experiencing mental health problems, and mental health problems increase the risk of experiencing intimate partner violence. Despite a high prevalence of intimate partner violence among mental health service users, mental health service responses are lacking. Barriers to enquiry and disclosure within mental health services are discussed, and best practice responses presented.