A study has found that people with mental health disorders are more likely to have experienced domestic violence in their life than those with good mental health.
Researchers at King’s College London and the University of Bristol studied data contained in 41 previous studies.
Overall they found that women who had depressive disorders were approximately 2.5 times more like to have experienced domestic violence during adulthood; women with anxiety disorders were more than 3.5 times more likely; and those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were about 7 times more likely.
Other mental health disorders such as OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder were associated with an increased risk of having experienced domestic violence too.
A similar pattern was seen in men with mental disorders, although men were less likely to have been victims to severe domestic violence according to this study.
Swain & Co.’s domestic violence solicitors say the study reveals evidence that two things are occurring: domestic violence can lead to victims developing mental health issues, and people who have mental health disorders are more likely to experience domestic violence.
The findings were published in the journal PLoS One.
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