Journal article

Physical and mental health of women exposed to intimate partner violence in the 10 years after having their first child: an Australian prospective cohort study of first-time mothers

Stephanie J Brown, Laura J Conway, Kelly M FitzPatrick, Kelsey Hegarty, Fiona K Mensah, Sandra Papadopoullos, Hannah Woolhouse, Rebecca Giallo, Deirdre Gartland

BMJ Open | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To investigate mental and physical health of mothers exposed to recent and early postpartum intimate partner violence (IPV) in the 10 years after having their first child. DESIGN: Prospective pregnancy cohort study. SETTING: Women were recruited at six metropolitan public maternity hospitals in Melbourne, Australia and followed up at 1, 4 and 10 years post partum. STUDY MEASURES: Exposure to physical and/or emotional IPV was measured using the Composite Abuse Scale at 1, 4 and 10 years. At 10-year follow-up, mothers reported on physical and mental health, and functional health status. PARTICIPANTS: 1507 first-time mothers enrolled at mean of 15 weeks' gestation. RESULTS: One in th..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by: project grants #199222, #433006 and #4912015 from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), an NHMRC Research Fellowship awarded to SJB, postdoctoral fellowships awarded to DG and LC by the NHMRC funded Safer Families Centre of Research Excellence (#1116690), and by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Program (grant number not available).