How does domestic violence affect women's mental health?

Women Health. 1998;28(1):117-29. doi: 10.1300/j013v28n01_08.


In this paper we compare the mental health of women who reported domestic violence and women who reported no abuse in their lifetime. A longitudinal study was conducted with women, 16 to 74 years (n = 358), who attended the emergency department of a major public hospital in Australia. Our aim was to investigate the nature of symptoms and pattern of mental illness associated with domestic violence. The results of the baseline data reported in this paper showed that women who experienced abuse as adults suffered more ill-effects to their mental health than women who did not experience such abuse; also that women who experienced both adult and child abuse suffered more ill-effects than women who experienced abuse either as an adult or child.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Australia / epidemiology
  • Child
  • Child Abuse / statistics & numerical data
  • Domestic Violence / psychology*
  • Domestic Violence / statistics & numerical data
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Mental Disorders / classification
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Mental Disorders / etiology
  • Middle Aged
  • Reference Values
  • Regression Analysis
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Surveys and Questionnaires