Journal article

"It happens to clinicians too": an Australian prevalence study of intimate partner and family violence against health professionals

Elizabeth McLindon, Cathy Humphreys, Kelsey Hegarty

BMC WOMENS HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2018


BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to measure the prevalence of intimate partner and family violence amongst a population of Australian female nurses, doctors and allied health professionals. METHODS: We conducted a descriptive, cross-sectional survey in a large Australian tertiary maternity hospital with 471 participating female health professionals (45.0% response rate). The primary outcome measures were 12 month and lifetime prevalence of intimate partner violence (Composite Abuse Scale) and family violence. RESULTS: In the last 12 months, one in ten (43, 11.5%) participants reported intimate partner violence: 4.2% (16) combined physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse; 6.7% (25) em..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors declare that no funding was directly received for this study. The only financial support for this project was a stipend for the doctoral work of the lead author, EM. The stipend scholarship titled, The Sidney Myer Health Scholarship, was generously provided by the Sidney Myer Fund. In addition, financial support was provided by the Zouki group of Companies through coffee vouchers they sold to the project at a reduced cost. Neither the Sidney Myer Fund or the Zouki group of Companies were involved in any aspect of designing the study, data collection, analysis, or writing the manuscript. The authors have not received financial support from any other organisation for the submitted work, nor have relationships or activities influenced the work.