Research found that women who have been abused by their partner are three times more likely to suffer mental ill health. They will often suffer from depression, anxiety of severe conditions such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder than other women, according to research.
The researchers from Birmingham University say that opportunities to spot the signs of domestic abuse, and to tackle it, are being missed. “There does seem to be significant under-recording of domestic abuse within UK primary care. We are not saying that GPs should be asking the question more,” said Dr Joht Singh Chandan, academic clinical fellow in public health and lead author.