Mental health disorders linked to domestic violence victims
New research from the UK indicates that people with mental health disorders are significantly more likely to be victims of domestic violence. The study found that women with depressive disorders were 2.5 times more likely to be victims, women with anxiety 3.5 times more likely, and women with PTSD were 7 times more likely to experience domestic violence.
The study, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (UK), concluded that domestic violence can lead to the development of mental health disorders and that people who have mental health disorders are more likely to experience domestic violence. The research classified depressive disorders, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder as mental health conditions.
This research should help doctors be more aware of the risk of domestic violence among patients with mental health conditions and to ensure the safety of these patients.