Violence in a partnership and its link to health
Victims of violence within a partnership have poorer health and engage in riskier behaviors than individuals who haven`t had such experience. This is based on a study by researchers at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the CDC.
A national telephone survey of 70,156 adults showed that 13 to 31% of women and 5.6 to 21.4% of men have experienced domestic violence within a partnership. Female victims of intimate partner violence tend to have more chronic health problems though diabetes, hypertension and obesity were excluded. Male victims are prone to asthma, stroke and alcohol abuse and tend to be less physically active.
It is not clear whether intimate partner violence causes poor health conditions or if poor health conditions leads to this type of violence. However, these results suggest that doctors should also look into possible stressors in relationships when diagnosing their adult patients.