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The Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies, on behalf of the Norwegian Directorate of Health, commissioned the Norwegian Institute of Public Health to search for empirical research literature on treatment for people who are exposed to, or perpetrators of, violence. We mapped the prevalence of systematic reviews in this field of research.
We developed a systematic literature search strategy and searched electronic databases in May, 2018. Pairs of reviewers independently screened titles, abstracts and full text reports to assess whether they met our inclusion criteria. We assessed the methodological quality and categorised all included systematic reviews.
- The searches returned 10 957 unique references, whereof 349 systematic reviews were included in the mapping process
- The main target groups for treatments in the included systematic reviews were:
- Persons who perpetrate violence (191 reviews)
- Persons who have been exposed to violence (157 reviews)
- Persons who perpetrate self-directed violence (18 reviews)
- We identified six topics with low priority in summarised research:
- Users’ experiences
- Violence towards older adults
- Digital violence
- Violence related to substance use
- Early interventions
- Couple therapy