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Research Article

Domestic Violence and Perinatal Mental Disorders: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

  • Louise M. Howard mail,

    louise.howard@kcl.ac.uk

    Affiliation: Section of Women's Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, United Kingdom

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  • Sian Oram,

    Affiliation: Section of Women's Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, United Kingdom

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  • Helen Galley,

    Affiliation: South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Greater London, United Kingdom

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  • Kylee Trevillion,

    Affiliation: Section of Women's Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, United Kingdom

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  • Gene Feder

    Affiliation: Academic Unit of Primary Health Care, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom

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  • Published: May 28, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001452
  • Featured in PLOS Collections

About the Authors

Louise M. Howard, Sian Oram, Kylee Trevillion
Section of Women's Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, United Kingdom
Helen Galley
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Greater London, United Kingdom
Gene Feder
Academic Unit of Primary Health Care, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom

Corresponding Author

Email: louise.howard@kcl.ac.uk

Competing Interests

LMH and GF are members of the WHO Guideline Development Group on Policy and Practice Guidelines for responding to Violence Against Women and the NICE/SCIE Guideline Development Group on Preventing and Reducing Domestic Violence. LMH has also been appointed as chair of the NICE guideline update on antenatal and postnatal mental health. The other authors declare no completing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: LMH GF. Analyzed the data: SO HG KT. Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: LMH SO. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: LMH SO HG KT GF. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: LMH SO HG KT GF. Agree with manuscript results and conclusions: LMH SO HG KT GF.