Year: 2000 Source: American Journal of Public Health, v.90, no.9, (September 2000), p.1416-1420 SIEC No: 20010492

This study examined rates of nonobstetric hospital admissions among adult female residents of King County, Washington who had been exposed to a violent, intimate relationship compared to rates for women not known to have been abused. In the group of abused women (n=1355), there were 5 suicide attempts yielding a rate of 3.7. In the group of nonabused women (n=36,532), there were 36 suicide attempts or a rate of 1.0. The results confirm previous research which has found a greater frequency of suicide attempts among abused women. The study showed an increased relative risk of both overall & diagnosis-specific hospitalizations among abused women. Intimate partner violence has a significant impact on women’s health & use of health care. (29 refs.)