A look at Intimate Partner Violence in young Australian women

October 28, 2016

The 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference will be held over 5-7 December at the Mercure Brisbane, QLD. Mr Carl Holder joins us at the 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference this December and will present on the topic ‘A look at the consistent reporting of Intimate Partner Violence in young Australian women’.

Mr Carl Holder
Mr Carl Holder

Background: It had been observed that a large number of young women who previously reported Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), when asked again choose not to report the abuse.

Objective: This paper seeks to analyse the reason for this phenomena. What influences some women to consistently report their IPV and others to choose not to consistently disclose it?

Methods: This study is based on data from the second wave of IPV responses (n=3767) of the 1989-1995 cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH), who had reported IPV at the first wave.  At wave one these women were 19-24 years old and at the second wave they were one year older. Women were grouped according to their report of IPV as having reported: Emotional, Physical, Harassing or Sexual abuse.  A Poisson log regression model with robust variance was used to study the associations of sociodemographic factors, psychological factors and self-reported violent partner history with consistent reporting among the different IPV abuse groups.

Results: Emotional abuse was the most consistently reported at 73.5% reported at both waves and sexual abuse was the least consistent with 62.5% reporting while harassment and physical abuse fell in between at 63.4% and 69.7 %, respectively. Factors significantly associated with consistent IPV disclosure were relationship status, self-reported violent relationship history and psychological variables.

Conclusions: Young women who were in some form of relationship (in a relationship, living with a partner, engaged or married) were less likely to consistently report their IPV when compared to single women. Women who experienced psychologically distress were more likely to consistently report their abuse.  Sociodemographic factors such as education and ability to manage on income, do not appear to impact consistency of IPV reporting.

Carl is a data/statistical assistant with the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health(ALSWH). Presently, he is a member of ALSWH’s Data Management Committee and has interests in both health research and data management. Prior to joining ALWSH, Carl was an analyst at International Biostatistics and Information Services (IBIS) Consulting and a high school mathematics teacher.

For more information on the conference and to secure your spot at this important event, please visit the conference website.


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