A study of more than a thousand mothers over a decade found that the women who suffered spousal abuse were twice as likely to develop depression and three times as likely to develop psychotic symptoms of mental illness as those where weren’t the victims of domestic violence.
The joint study the University of Montreal and King’s College in the United Kingdom found four in 10 women were victims of domestic violence in that time.
“In addition to the experience of physical injury, there is an increased risk for those women to experience mental illness,” Isabelle Ouellet-Morin, author of the study and a researcher at the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal, tells Yahoo Canada News.
The results are not surprising, says Ouellet-Morin.
But while there has long been evidence that domestic violence increases the risk of depression and mental illness in women, she says this study pinpoints that link.
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