Effect of type and severity of intimate partner violence on women's health and service use : findings from a primary care trial of women afraid of their partners

Hegarty, Kelsey, O'Doherty, Lorna, Chondros, Patty, Valpied, Jodie, Taft, Angela, Astbury, Jill, Brown, Stephanie, Gold, Lisa, Taket, Ann, Feder, Gene S. and Gunn, Jane 2013, Effect of type and severity of intimate partner violence on women's health and service use : findings from a primary care trial of women afraid of their partners, Journal of interpersonal violence, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 273-294.

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Title Effect of type and severity of intimate partner violence on women's health and service use : findings from a primary care trial of women afraid of their partners
Author(s) Hegarty, Kelsey
O'Doherty, Lorna
Chondros, Patty
Valpied, Jodie
Taft, Angela
Astbury, Jill
Brown, Stephanie
Gold, Lisa
Taket, Ann
Feder, Gene S.
Gunn, Jane
Journal name Journal of interpersonal violence
Volume number 28
Issue number 2
Start page 273
End page 294
Total pages 22
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2013-01
ISSN 0886-2605
1552-6518
Keyword(s) domestic violence
anything related to domestic violence
assessment
intervention/treatment
Summary Intimate partner violence (IPV) has major affects on women’s wellbeing. There has been limited investigation of the association between type and severity of IPV and health outcomes. This article describes socio-demographic characteristics, experiences of abuse, health, safety, and use of services in women enrolled in the Women’s Evaluation of Abuse and Violence Care (WEAVE) project. We explored associations between type and severity of abuse and women’s health, quality of life, and help seeking. Women (aged 16–50 years) attending 52 Australian general practices, reporting fear of partners in last 12 months were mailed a survey between June 2008 and May 2010. Response rate was 70.5% (272/386). In the last 12 months, one third (33.0%) experienced Severe Combined Abuse, 26.2% Physical and Emotional Abuse, 26.6% Emotional Abuse and/or Harassment only, 2.7% Physical Abuse only and 12.4% scored negative on the Composite Abuse Scale. A total of 31.6% of participants reported poor or fair health and 67.9% poor social support. In the last year, one third had seen a psychologist (36.6%) or had 5 or more general practitioner visits (34.3%); 14.7% contacted IPV services; and 24.4% had made a safety plan. Compared to other abuse groups, women with Severe Combined Abuse had poor quality of life and mental health, despite using more medications, counseling, and IPV services and were more likely to have days out of role because of emotional issues. In summary, women who were fearful of partners in the last year, have poor mental health and quality of life, attend health care services frequently, and domestic violence services infrequently. Those women experiencing severe combined physical, emotional, and sexual abuse have poorer quality of life and mental health than women experiencing other abuse types. Health practitioners should take a history of type and severity of abuse for women with mental health issues to assist access to appropriate specialist support.
Language eng
Field of Research 111704 Community Child Health
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30051633

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