More staggering DV statistics.

A new study finds that domestic violence affects women’s physical and mental health. Tell us something we don’t know.

A survey of more than 3,400 women found that 44 percent had experienced intimate partner violence. The more recent the violent incident and the longer it had persisted, the worse the victim’s physical and mental health and social network were likely to be, the researchers found.
In 5 percent to 13 percent of the women, domestic violence persisted for more than 20 years, with more than one partner responsible in 11 percent to 21 percent of the cases. Within the previous five years, 15 percent of the women had suffered from intimate partner violence, and 8 percent of the women had been affected within the previous year.
Compared to women with no such history, women recently victimized by violence were four times more likely to report symptoms of severe depression and almost three times more likely to report poor or fair health and more than one additional symptom. They were also likely to report lower social functioning.
Physical abuse — slapping, hitting, kicking, or forced sex — had a stronger impact on health that nonphysical abuse such as threats, chronic disparaging remarks, or controlling behavior. However, the researchers noted that both forms of abuse significantly damage women’s health and often occur together.

Domestic violence along with most kinds of violence tend to be cyclical. If it is an established pattern it is much harder to break and diagnose. Furthermore, domestic violence is an issue that cannot be located to a specific place, culture, race, ethnicity, class, etc. It is a problem in every community.
via Forbes.

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5 Comments

  1. noname
    Posted June 1, 2006 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    “nonphysical abuse such as threats, chronic disparaging remarks, or controlling behavior…”
    This is considerred DV?

  2. CPEphemeral
    Posted June 1, 2006 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    44% seems like an awfully high figure. Following that conclusion we would each know dozens of women who are abused. I think (and hope) that this is unlikely unless the definition of violence is very broad and includes factors well beyond physical violence. If this is the case then maybe the crisis is not violence against women per se but in society writ large as all people can suffer in relationships from verbal abuse, control, etc.
    Interesting enough the website that Forbes recommends for additional information has completely different stats from the study they are reporting on. The Forbes article directs readers to The American Academy of Family Physicians which says “each year, at least 2 million women are abused�. This is still a huge number and a crisis, but even if the Academy is off by an order of magnitude it is not near 44%.
    If anyone can find a publically available copy of the study Forbes is reporting on it would be helpful if they could direct us to it so that we could better understand the study and its findings.

  3. ej_25
    Posted June 2, 2006 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Here is a link to an article about that study (by Group Health Cooperative here in Seattle). It has a phone number for the reporter.

  4. ej_52
    Posted June 2, 2006 at 2:01 pm | Permalink
  5. ej_25
    Posted June 2, 2006 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Part of the link was cut off. This is the second half:
    /270374_abuse16.html?source=mypi

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