Intimate partner violence early in pandemic linked with worse mental and overall health in women

March 17, 2023—Women who experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic were more likely to suffer worse mental health and other adverse health effects, according to a new study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The study was published on March 14 in JAMA Network Open.

Given the increased prevalence of IPV—defined as physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner—during the pandemic, the researchers sought to discover its health impacts on women. To do so, they analyzed data from three national cohorts—the Nurses’ Health Study II, Growing Up Today Study, and Nurses’ Health Study 3. Between March and September 2020, 13,597 women under the age of 60 reported on their experiences of IPV; and between May 2020 and October 2021, they reported on symptoms of depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress as…
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