The effect of intimate partner violence and other forms of violence against women on health

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Title: The effect of intimate partner violence and other forms of violence against women on health
Authors: Vives-Cases, Carmen | Ruiz-Cantero, María Teresa | Escribà Agüir, Vicenta | Miralles Bueno, Juan José
Research Group/s: Salud Pública
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería Comunitaria, Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública e Historia de la Ciencia
Keywords: Battered women | Mental health | Women health
Knowledge Area: Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Citation: VIVES CASES, Carmen, et al. "The effect of intimate partner violence and other forms of violence against women on health". Journal of Public Health. Vol. 33, No. 1 (March 2011). ISSN 1741-3842, pp. 15-21
Abstract: Background: There are many studies concerning the health consequences of intimate partner violence (IPV). However, little research has been done on the health consequences of other forms of violence against women (VAW) such as the violence perpetrated by male relatives, friends or strangers. The aims of this paper were: (i) to analyze the prevalence of different forms of VAW perpetrated by males at home, workplace and other social environments in Spain and (ii) to analyze whether IPV and other forms of VAW have a different or similar negative impact on women's health. Methods: A sample of 13 094 women interviewed in the Spanish National Health Survey 2006 was included. Outcomes were physical and mental health indicators. Predictor variables were IPV and other VAW forms. Logistic regression models were fitted. Results: The likelihood of coronary heart disease [OR: 5.28 (1.45–19.25)], chronic neck [OR: 2.01 (1.35–2.97)] and back pain [OR: 2.34 (1.53–3.57)] was higher among women who reported IPV than among those who did not. Similar associations were found in the case of women affected by other forms of VAW. Mental health problems, with the exception of psychotropic drug use, were more frequent and more strongly associated with IPV than with other forms of VAW. Conclusion: There are health inequities between battered and non-battered women, which may be related to exposure to not only IPV but also other forms of VAW.
Sponsor: This study has been partially supported by Women’s Health Observatory and the Center for Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/18001
ISSN: 1741-3842 (Print) | 1741-3850 (Online)
DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdq101
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © The Author 2010, Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Faculty of Public Health. All rights reserved
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdq101
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