The scale of interpersonal violence against women in the United States is striking; an estimated 1 in 3 women have been sexually assaulted, and 1 in 4 have been victims of intimate partner violence (IPV).1 The consequences include increased risk for mental and physical health problems including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, addiction, injury, chronic pain, disability, and possibly cardiovascular disease.1,2 Although research typically focuses on women of reproductive age, IPV and sexual assault also affect older women.
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Thurston RC, Miller E. Association of Interpersonal Violence With Women’s Health. JAMA Intern Med. Published online November 19, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.5242
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