Journal article

Interpersonal violence and mental health outcomes following disaster

Robyn Molyneaux, Lisa Gibbs, Richard A Bryant, Cathy Humphreys, Kelsey Hegarty, Connie Kellett, H Colin Gallagher, Karen Block, Louise Harms, John F Richardson, Nathan Alkemade, David Forbes



BACKGROUND: Disasters pose a documented risk to mental health, with a range of peri- and post-disaster factors (both pre-existing and disaster-precipitated) linked to adverse outcomes. Among these, increasing empirical attention is being paid to the relation between disasters and violence. AIMS: This study examined self-reported experiences of assault or violence victimisation among communities affected by high, medium, and low disaster severity following the 2009 bushfires in Victoria, Australia. The association between violence, mental health outcomes and alcohol misuse was also investigated. METHOD: Participants were 1016 adults from high-, medium- and low-affected communities, 3-4 years ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Partner organisations: Outer East Health and Community Support Alliance, Bendigo Loddon Primary Care Partnership, Lower Hume Primary Care Partnership, Central West Gippsland Primary Care Partnership, Banyule Nillumbik Primary Care Alliance, Central Hume Primary Care Partnership, Australian Red Cross, Australian Rotary Health, Victorian Department of Health and Centrelink. Beyond Bushfires: Community Resilience and Recovery. LP100200164

285 047 (2010
51 116, 2011 $220 090, 2012 $232 228.5, 2013 $301 368, 2014 $259 179, 2015
21 065.50) Australian Research Council 2009.