Female domestic abuse survivors '44% more likely' to die from any cause
Women who have been subjected to domestic abuse are 44 per cent more likely than the wider population to die from any cause, a new study has found.
Researchers at the University of Warwick and Birmingham discovered domestic abuse survivors are at increased risk of developing cardiometabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The study stresses the prevalence of domestic abuse, noting an estimated one in three women have experienced it globally and one in four women in Britain have suffered it.
The report, which looks at medical records from UK GP surgeries between 1995 and 2017, called for public services, such as the NHS and police, to work more closely together and improve data sharing mechanisms to ensure GPs are better placed to support the mental and physical health needs of patients who have suffered abuse.