It harms womens health, say Group Health researchers
Intimate partner violence (IPV), a.k.a. domestic violence, is common and damages womens physical and mental health significantly, according to a Group Health study reported in two papers in the June issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
In a random sample of more than 3,400 women members of Group Health Cooperative, nearly half--44 percent--reported having experienced IPV during their adult lifetime.
"This is an epidemic," said Robert S. Thompson, MD, senior investigator, Group Health Center for Health Studies, lead author of one paper. "But it flies under the radar, because of the stigma and shame associated with it--as well as the fear that many health care providers have of opening what some call a Pandoras Box of difficult problems that they are unsure how to address."
Rebecca Hughes | EurekAlert!
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