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Family violence is making Kiwis sick, research shows

March 10, 2023 at 2:43 PM

From the University of Auckland –

Half of New Zealand women have experienced domestic abuse, which triples their risk of chronic disease and almost doubles their risk of a diagnosed mental illness.

The government needs to roll-out an evidence-based domestic violence intervention, says Associate Professor Janet Fanslow.

Family violence is quite literally making New Zealanders sick, according to new research from the University of Auckland, Waipapa Taumata Rau.

Women who have experienced intimate partner violence are almost three times as likely to have a diagnosed mental health condition and almost twice as likely to have a chronic illness, compared with those who have not experienced intimate partner violence, according to a paper published in leading journal JAMA Network Open.

The researchers surveyed a representative sample of 1464 women in three regions across the country to gauge the prevalence of partner abuse and its health impacts.

“This is the first time we've been able to demonstrate how intimate partner violence contributes to the burden of ill health in the country,” says Associate Professor Janet Fanslow, key author and violence researcher at Waipapa Taumata Rau, the University of Auckland.

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