Domestic violence victims need life-long care

For women, the effects of domestic violence last long after they have escaped from the destructive, dangerous relationship, Australian research shows.

According to findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women’s Health, elderly women with a history of intimate partner violence consistently score more poorly in psychological wellbeing assessments than women without such a history. They are also more likely to be depressed (OR 1.36).


Interestingly the study also found that these women scored higher on a ‘vulnerability to abuse screening scale’ suggesting they were more likely to be subjected to elder abuse.

You might think that these older women, having escaped an abusive relationship in the past would have developed some personal iron-clad defences against ever being in that situation again. The evidence ...

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