Knowledge and Resource Hub
07 August 2019

How domestic violence affects women’s mental health

This article discussed the impact of domestic violence on women's mental health and the responses of mental health services. Women who have experienced domestic violence or abuse are at a significantly higher risk of experiencing a range of mental health conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation. Women who had been victims of domestic violence were about seven times higher more likely to experience PTSD than those who had not experienced this violence. Furthermore, they were also at 2.7 times increased risk of depression, four times greater of anxiety, and six times greater of drug and alcohol misuse. Despite their increased risk of mental health problems survivors of domestic violence were not routinely asked about domestic violence when they were receiving mental health treatment so they were missing out on being given appropriate referrals or support.