Around one in 25 women aged 35-44 will be assaulted or threatened with assault in any given 12 month period. The study, which used data from a large representative sample survey, shows that financial stress, personal stress and alcohol or drug problems greatly increase this risk.
The annual risk of assault or threatened assault for a woman aged 35-44 who is under no personal or financial stress and has no drug or alcohol problems is about 4.1%. If she has experienced a high level of financial stress over the preceding year, the risk jumps to 14.6%.
High levels of personal stress over the preceding 12 months lift the average risk from 4.1% to 12.7%. If drug or alcohol problems are involved, the average risk increases to 11.1%.
Professor Weatherburn presented his findings at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) Seminar Series this week.
Listen to the seminar podcast here.
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