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Domestic Violence Linked to Psychiatric Disorders in Adults

New research from King’s College of London suggests that people who have mental health disorders, across all diagnoses, are more likely to have been victims of domestic abuse.

The research was recently published online in PLOS ONE and was funded by the National Institute for Health Research.

Women with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and other mental health disorders were found to be at an increased risk of domestic abuse compared to women without mental disorders.  Women with Depressive Disorders were two and half times more likely to have experienced domestic abuse and those with Anxiety Disorders were three and half times more likely. Those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) were seven times more likely to experience domestic abuse than those women without any mental illness.

Men with mental illnesses are also more likely to be subjected to domestic abuse than men without any diagnosable mental illness, but the prevalence among men is far lower than that found among women.

The authors of the study note that mental health care practitioners need to be aware of the link between mental illness and domestic violence and screen their patients for possible abuse and help provide treatment and resources to recover from the impact of such abuse. Professor Gene Feder, coauthor of the study, said, “We hope this review will draw attention to the mental health needs of survivors of domestic violence and remind general practitioners and mental health teams that experience of domestic violence may lie behind the presentation of mental health problems."

The full article can be accessed here: PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e51740.

10.1371/journal.pone.0051740

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