Title

Prevalence and associations of domestic violence at an Australian colposcopy clinic

Document Type

Journal Article

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Medical Sciences

RAS ID

15283

Comments

This article was originally published as: Quinlivan, J., Collier, R., & Petersen, R. W. (2012). Prevalence and associations of domestic violence at an Australian colposcopy clinic. Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease, 16(4), 372-376. Original article available here

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Domestic violence is associated with significant mortality and morbidity including gynecological morbidity. We report the prevalence and associations of domestic violence in an Australian colposcopy service. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective study was performed from consecutive patients attending colposcopy clinics at a major metropolitan hospital in Australia. Key outcomes were the prevalence of intimate partner violence and its key demographic associations. RESULTS: Consent was obtained from 574 and domestic violence status was ascertained in 566 of 581 women approached. Overall, 33% of responders reported violence within 12 months. In 14.5%, the female reported being sole recipient of violence; in a further 16.6%, violence was bidirectional, and in 1.9% of cases, a woman was the sole perpetrator. Key associations of violence were younger age at presentation (32 vs 35 y; p = .01), higher rates of smoking (51.3% vs 38.2%; p = .0004), higher rates of housing instability (32.2% vs 12.2%; p < .0001), a positive Beck Depression Inventory screen (50.0% vs 24.6%; p < .0001), and higher rates of default to initial attendance (15.5% vs 4.7%, p < .0001). CONCLUSIONS: Domestic violence is common in women presenting to colposcopy services and may be associated with poor housing stability and higher default rates.

DOI

10.1097/LGT.0b013e3182480c2e

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