Akukwe Chinua MD MPHFamily & Community Health: January 1998 Original Article: PDF Only Buy Abstract Intimate partner violence harms millions of women with devastating physical and mental health consequences for them and their children. Low-income women and children are at high risk. The recent welfare legislation with strict work requirements and optional family violence provisions could make many victims choose to stay with their abusers with devastating consequences. This article argues that intimate partner violence extends beyond the current welfare debate and will require careful strategic approaches and partnerships to contain the problem. Durable public, community, and private partnerships at local, state, and national levels are critical to ending this shameful epidemic. © Williams & Wilkins 1998. All Rights Reserved.