Examining the relationships between intimate partner violence and suicidal thoughts and behaviours: A latent growth curve modelling analysis
In Australia, one in four women aged 15 or older has experienced at least one incident of intimate partner violence. Victimisation is known to increase women's risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviours. Despite the heightened risk of death from partner- and self-directed violence, there has been a lack of research evidencing the strength of the relationship between intimate partner violence and suicide. Many knowledge gaps remain that affect how women are treated when they connect with health and community services, the kinds of support that they can access and importantly, where funding is allocated. This study aims to address knowledge gaps by uncovering the pathways between intimate partner violence and suicide overtime among women taking part in the ALSWH study (cohorts 1973-1978 and 1989-1995). It also looks at what experiences might impact the relationship between intimate partner violence and suicide, such as, a diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder and negative childhood events.