New study into the effects on health of domestic abuse

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A new study has identified significant physical and mental health problems which face women who are abused by their partners. Women were found to have significantly poorer health if they had been abused in the following areas: physical functioning, social functioning, general health, bodily pain, vitality and emotional and mental health.  The paper stated:

“Results for physical health are strongly suggestive of a lifetime deficit in physical health that is associated with intimate partner violence”

Whilst other studies have shown these same effects, this study identified the persistence and life-long prevalence of these health effects. This study, and those similar to it, are trying to encourage early intervention when working with victims of domestic abuse.

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