Emotional, physical, financial and/or sexual violence are higher among women with a moderate to severe mental health disorder, according to new research from Women’s College Hospital, in Toronto, Ontario. For women with a severe mental health disability, the risk for intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization may be four-fold.
The authors say their findings suggest that prevention and intervention initiatives that better target women with mental health conditions who are also victims of IPV are needed.
The study included a sample of 6,851 women from the 2009 General Social Survey. “Intimate partner violence among women with mental health-related activity limitations: a Canadian population based study” was published in the journal BioMed Central Public Health.