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Intimate partner violence in older women in Spain: prevalence, health consequences, and service utilization

Intimate partner violence in older women in Spain: prevalence, health consequences, and service utilization

Journal of Women and Aging 25(4): 358-371

The purpose of this study is to estimate the prevalence of lifetime intimate partner violence (IPV) in older women and to analyze its effect on women's health and Healthcare Services utilization. Women aged 55 years and over (1,676) randomly sampled from Primary Healthcare Services around Spain were included. Lifetime IPV prevalence, types, and duration were calculated. Descriptive and multivariate procedures using logistic and multiple lineal regression models were used. Of the women studied, 29.4% experienced IPV with an average duration of 21 years. Regardless of the type of IPV experienced, abused women showed significantly poorer health and higher healthcare services utilization compared to women who had never been abused. The high prevalence detected long standing duration, negative health impact, and high healthcare services utilization, calling attention to a need for increased efforts aimed at addressing IPV in older women.

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Accession: 053934033

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PMID: 24116995

DOI: 10.1080/08952841.2013.838854

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