Battered Women’s Ills Go Beyond Bruises

Posted On: October 16, 2009

Women abused by their romantic partners are more likely to suffer from a long list of medical maladies than other women, a new study shows.

Abused women were also nearly six times more likely to abuse substances and more than three times more likely to have been diagnosed with depression and sexually transmitted diseases.

The researchers suggest that doctors should take more time to determine if female patients are being abused. Factors such as depression, substance abuse, STDs and cuts and bruises should be seen as possible signs of abuse.

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