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Recent intimate partner violence among people with chronic mental illness: findings from a national cross-sectional survey

Khalifeh, H; Oram, S; Trevillion, K; Johnson, S; Howard, LM; (2015) Recent intimate partner violence among people with chronic mental illness: findings from a national cross-sectional survey. British Journal of Psychiatry , 207 (3) pp. 207-212. 10.1192/bjp.bp.114.144899. Green open access

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Abstract

BackgroundPeople with mental illness are at increased risk of intimate partner violence (IPV) victimisation, but little is known about their risk for different forms of IPV, related health impact and help-seeking.AimsTo estimate the odds for past-year IPV, related impact and disclosure among people with and without pre-existing chronic mental illness (CMI).MethodWe analysed data from 23 222 adult participants in the 2010/2011 British Crime Survey using multivariate logistic regression.ResultsPast-year IPV was reported by 21% and 10% of women and men with CMI, respectively. The adjusted relative odds for emotional, physical and sexual IPV among women with versus without CMI were 2.8 (CI = 1.9-4.0), 2.6 (CI = 1.6-4.3) and 5.4 (CI = 2.4-11.9), respectively. People with CMI were more likely to attempt suicide as result of IPV (aOR = 5.4, CI = 2.3-12.9), less likely to seek help from informal networks (aOR = 0.5, CI = 0.3-0.8) and more likely to seek help exclusively from health professionals (aOR = 6.9, CI = 2.6-18.3)ConclusionsPeople with CMI are not only at increased risk of all forms of IPV, but they are more likely to suffer subsequent ill health and to disclose exclusively to health professionals. Therefore, health professionals play a key role in addressing IPV in this population.

Type: Article
Title: Recent intimate partner violence among people with chronic mental illness: findings from a national cross-sectional survey
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1192/bjp.bp.114.144899
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1192/bjp.bp.114.144899
Language: English
Additional information: © The Royal College of Psychiatrists 2015. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1471445
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