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The long term implications of intimate partner violence for health and social support among mid-older Australian women


Experiences of intimate partner violence (IPV) have a significant impact on women’s physical, mental and emotional health. These poorer health outcomes have been shown to continue long after the violence has ceased. Therefore, the cessation of violence alone may not rectify the health impact of experiences of violence. It is unknown whether time alone can heal the physical, psychological and emotional impact of IPV, or if increased social support or other demographic factors may assist in reducing poor health outcomes after IPV. This project will examine health outcomes of the 1946-51 and 1973-78 cohorts of women after the cessation of IPV, factors associated with these outcomes over time and whether social support plays a significant role in reducing the ongoing adverse health outcomes after the cessation of IPV.