Intimate partner violence is associated with significant psychiatric comorbidity. Treatment has focused on male perpetrators but recent studies indicate that this is of limited success in reducing male violence. This article reviews the current available treatments from three perspectives: that of the victim, the perpetrator, and the couple who wish to remain together. It also provides guidelines to assist the general psychiatrist in determining what treatment to offer patients who present with intimate partner violence. Guidelines emphasise the need for assessment of risk factors that indicate a potentially lethal relationship and the importance of the diagnosis and treatment of comorbidity, especially alcohol misuse and dependence.