Can Mental Health Be Affected by Domestic Violence? Part Two

Wilmington, NC PTSD TherapyWelcome back. We are here to offer more information on the link between mental health and domestic violence by featuring statistics and resources that can help you better understand this problem. In addition to mental illness affecting almost sixty million people, domestic violence is far too common, as well. We hope the information below helps you familiarize yourself with both. If you need Wilmington, NC PTSD therapy you can trust, be sure to call Legacy Freedom!


  • 1 in 4 adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder: National Institute of Mental Health, 2009
  • 38 percent to 75 percent experience anxiety:
  • 54 percent to 84 percent of battered women suffer from PTSD:
  • 63 percent to 77 percent of battered women experience depression:
  • Abuse rates are higher among homeless women with serious mental illnesses. A study with 99 episodically homeless women with serious mental illness, found that significant numbers had been physically (70%) or sexually (30.4%) abused by a partner. Rates of physical or sexual abuse in adulthood by any perpetrator were 87% and 76%, respectively: Goodman et al, 1995
  • Across studies of US and Canadian women receiving services for domestic violence, rates of depression ranged from 17% to 72%, and rates of PTSD ranged from 33% to 88%: Warshaw & Barnes, 2003
  • Between 3.3 million and 10 million children witness domestic violence annually: American Bar Association, 2009

Mental Health and Domestic Violence Resources

  • Community Violence in Context: Risk and Resilience in Children and Families - Aisenberg, Herrenkohl, 2008
  • Intimate Partner Violence and Miscarriage: Examination of the Role of Physiological and Psychological Abuse and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder - Moreland, et al., 2008
  • Intimate Partner Violence and Women's Depression Before and During Pregnancy - Martin, et al. 2006
  • Intimate Partner Violence, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Adverse Health Outcomes - Dutton, et al., 2006
  • Mental Health Correlates of Intimate Partner Violence in Marital Relationships in a Nationally Representative Sample of Males and Females - Afifi, et. al, 2009
  • Pathways Linking Intimate Partner Violence and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder - Dutton, 2009
  • Traumatic Stress Symptoms in Women Exposed to Community and Partner Violence - Brown, et al., 2005
  • Unemployment Among Women: Examining the Relationship of Physiological and Psychological Intimate Partner Violence and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder - Kimmerling, et al., 2009
  • Violence Against Women and the Perinatal Period: The Impact of Lifetime Violence and Abuse on Pregnancy, Postpartum, and Breastfeeding - Kendall-Tackett, 2007
  • Violence Against Women: Outcome Complexity and Implications for Assessment and Treatment - Briere, Jordan, 2004
  • Violence Between Therapy-Seeking Veterans and Their Partners - Teten, et al., 2009

To learn more about the link between mental health and domestic violence be sure to visit our previous blog. There, you'll find more information.

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