By GREG KADRIAPA StaffAssociated PressAn animal husband or wife could be responsible for a serious injury to a family member or pets in a case of animal neglect, a new study shows.
Researchers from the University of New South Wales looked at data from a database of 2,567 people that included the ages of both parties.
They found that a man who abused his wife or husband in a domestic relationship had a 3.8-fold greater risk of serious injury than a man whose wife or partner did the same thing.
The research also showed that people who abused their spouses or partners had an 11-fold increased risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke.
“Our study shows that abuse and neglect of a domestic partner is a major risk factor for domestic violence and death in Australia,” said Dr. Jill Burdon, one of the study’s authors.
“Domestic violence and related violence can have devastating consequences for people’s mental health and wellbeing, particularly for people who are struggling with mental illness.”
Domestic abuse is the most common type of abuse in Australia.
It involves physical, sexual or psychological abuse, including physical and emotional abuse, as well as threats, threats to the family, threats of physical violence, and financial or other financial abuse.
“A significant proportion of people who abuse their partner have experienced domestic violence at some point in their lives,” Burdons research team wrote in the study, published Monday in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.
“For women, domestic violence is a leading cause of death in Australian women aged 15 to 44 years.”
Domestication is the relationship between a male and a female.
Women generally have greater responsibilities than men do, including raising children, caring for their families and caring for the household.
In the United States, domestic abuse is more common among married couples than among single women.
In Australia, domestic partner violence is the second leading cause and cause of injury in the general population and is the third leading cause in couples with children.
Burdon said she is particularly concerned about women who have experienced or witnessed domestic abuse.
They can be especially vulnerable in a relationship because of the emotional, financial and physical demands of the relationship.
“Domestic partner violence affects women in many ways, both physically and psychologically, and it can lead to increased risk for physical injury and death,” she said.
“Many of the physical injuries suffered by women in this situation may be related to the physical, emotional and financial abuse.”
A study published in 2015 found that women were twice as likely to be killed by a male relative than by a female relative.
In that study, the relative was a family friend.
A woman who was abused by her partner and had a mental illness such as schizophrenia was three times more likely to die from her mental illness than a woman who had never been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, according to the research.
The findings of the new study are important, because it shows that it’s possible to have a positive relationship with a domestic abuser and be at high risk for domestic abuse and death, said Dr, Linda Purdon of the National Mental Health and Safety Council of Australia.
“If you can be positive about that, you’re better equipped to respond to domestic violence or abuse,” she told APTN.
“And you have a better chance of surviving it.”
Domiciliary care is a treatment program for people experiencing a mental disorder, such as psychosis, depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, to manage their symptoms and cope with their emotional and physical issues.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
It can also be reached online at www.safeline.gov.au/dvm or by calling 1800 RESPECT (2711).© Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.
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