Partner Abuse Leads To Wide Range Of Health Problems
Amy Bonomi, author and associate professor at Ohio State University has published results of a study that shows that partner abuse leads to a wide range of health problems. Some of the health problems are not normally associated with violence.
Compared with never-abused women, victims had an almost six-fold increase in clinically identified substance abuse, a more than three-fold increase in receiving a depression diagnosis, a three-fold increase in sexually transmitted diseases and a two-fold increase in lacerations.
Bonomi led the study, co-authored with researchers from the Group Health Research Institute and the University of Washington in Seattle, and published in the Oct. 12, 2009 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.
Rates of depression, substance abuse and STDs have been shown by the study to be higher in women suffering abuse from their intimate partners. The researchers recommended that physicians be more aware of the possibility of partner abuse.