Journal article

Associations Between Unintended Pregnancy, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assault in a Population of Queensland Women

Leah S Sharman, Heather Douglas, Elizabeth Price, Nicola Sheeran, Genevieve A Dingle

Psychiatry Psychology and Law | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019


This study aimed to establish the proportion of women seeking information regarding unintended pregnancy in the context of domestic violence (DV) and/or sexual assault (SA) experiences in Queensland. Mental health, sociodemographic variables, and gestation at first and repeated contacts were examined for 6249 women primarily seeking information regarding abortion options during an unintended pregnancy over the 5-year period from July 2012 to June 2017. Reports of DV and SA and associations with mental health issues increased significantly across the 5 years. First contact rates of disclosure were 12.2% for DV and 3% for SA, and higher among repeat contacts (38.1% for DV and 14.1% for SA), wi..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council Future Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the BEL Faculty Collaborative Seeding Grant, University of Queensland 2018; and an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship [Grant FT140100796].