Abuse News

Domestic Violence More Likely for Same-Sex Couples

September 21st, 2014
Domestic violence occurs at least as frequently -- and likely more so -- between same-sex couples, according to a review of literature conducted by researchers at Northwestern Medicine. “Evidence suggests that the minority stress model may explain these high prevalence rates,” said senior ...

Sibling Bullying Tied to Future Depression

September 20th, 2014
Children who are bullied by siblings several times a week in early adolescence are twice as likely to become clinically depressed as young adults, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. The bullied kids are also twice as likely ...

Childhood Trauma May Activate Gene Leading to PTSD

September 17th, 2014
New research suggests childhood adversity may influence genotypes which, in turn, can affect a person’s nervous system, placing the individual at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder. Specialists have known that abnormalities in a person’s nervous system, especially in the fight-or flight- response, are ...

1 in 5 Men Admit to Intimate Partner Violence

September 16th, 2014
Male aggression toward their partners is not so rare, it turns out. In a new study, University of Michigan (UM) researchers discovered one in five men in the U.S. report violence towards their spouse or significant other. Warning signs for the violent behavior ...

Web-Training Reduces Campus Sexual Assaults

September 16th, 2014
A new study discovers a web-based intervention targeting college-aged men is an effective tool for reducing the number of sexual assaults on U.S. campuses. Researcher in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University assessed the effectiveness of the RealConsent program to ...

Sexual Assault Victims at High Risk of More Assaults

September 8th, 2014
Sadly, new research discovers that female college students who are victims of sexual assault are at a much higher risk of becoming victims again. Researchers from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions found that college women who experienced severe sexual victimization ...

Forty Percent of Women with Severe Mental Illness Are Victims of Rape, Attempted Rape

September 6th, 2014
Women with severe mental illness are up to five times more likely to be victims of sexual assault and two to three times more likely to suffer domestic violence compared to the general population. “This study highlights that patients with severe mental ...

Family MD Could Be 1st Line of Defense for Abused Rural Women

August 24th, 2014
A new study shows that primary care physicians can be a critical resource for abused women in rural areas. But the study also found that many primary care physicians do not routinely screen women for intimate partner violence (IPV), according to researchers at ...

Does ‘Fifty Shades’ Put Young Women at Risk?

August 22nd, 2014
In a new study, researchers attempt to determine if the blockbuster "Fifty Shades" series increases the threat of potentially harmful health behaviors and risks. The widely popular series has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. A movie adaptation is scheduled for release ...

Abusive Leaders Undermine The Whole Team

August 21st, 2014
Rude and abusive behavior by a supervisor toward individual employees harms more than just the targeted person -- it can trigger conflict among the entire work team. Michigan State University (MSU) researchers conducted a study in China and the United States and found the ...