Health Effects Of Abuse Studied: Researchers Measure Results Of Violence Against Women Worldwide.
Women who had experienced physical or sexual violence by a partner at some point during their lives were more likely to report poor general health at the time of the interview, the study found.I am intriqued by the fact that this study included obtaining an induced abortion as a poor health outcome.
They were more likely to have pain, dizziness, gynecological conditions and mental health problems.
They were more likely to have considered or attempted suicide and they were more likely to have had a miscarriage or an induced abortion, said the study's coordinator, Dr. Claudia Garcia-Moreno of the World Health Organization.
"Overall, the likelihood that a woman who has been abused would experience one of these health outcomes was between 1.5 and 3 times higher than for women who had never been abused," she said.
One of the most striking findings of the study was how consistent this link was across all settings, Garcia-Moreno said.
"Whether you are a cosmopolitan woman in Sao Paolo or Belgrade, or you are a rural woman in Ethiopia or Bangladesh, the association between violence and poor health is there," she said.