Domestic Violence News

Risk Factors for Sexual Assault May Help Prevent It

October 16th, 2014
A new Danish study identifies risk factors associated with sexual assault and finds that most women were in their late teens or early 20s and knew their attacker before the incident. Many of the assaults were not associated with physical injury, but alcohol often played ...

For Kids, Mental Abuse Can Be Worse than Sexual, Physical Abuse

October 9th, 2014
Although childhood emotional abuse is rarely addressed by clinicians, new research suggests psychological abuse among children may lead to more problems than sexual or physical abuse. The finding that childhood emotional abuse and neglect is rarely addressed in prevention programs or in treatment ...

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 ...

Fighting Parents Harm Child’s Emotional Balance

September 19th, 2014
New research suggests combative parents may impair a child’s ability to recognize and control emotions. Investigators discovered the effect of protracted household tension is cumulative as prolonged exposure to marital aggression takes a substantial toll on the emotional adjustment of young children. Moreover, ...

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 ...

No Easy Online Answers for Divorcing Co-Parents

August 28th, 2014
Online educational and support classes are often required for divorcing couples with children. But new research finds that standard content is often inappropriate as each parent has his or her own specific emotional needs. The concept of online education to teach parents how to ...

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 ...

Autistic Adults at Higher Risk of Sexual Victimization

August 15th, 2014
A new study has found that adults with autism are at a higher risk of sexual victimization, due to a lack of sex education. “Adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) gain more of their sexual knowledge from external sources such as the Internet ...

Kids With Jailed Family Member at Greater Risk for Poor Health as Adults

August 2nd, 2014
New research has found that people who grew up in a household where a member was incarcerated have an 18 percent greater risk of experiencing poor health as adults. The study, from researchers at Brown University, suggests that the nation’s high rate of ...