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A population based study examining the impact of interpersonal violence victimisation on mental health

Author(s)Meuleners, Lynn, Hendrie, Delia and Lee, Andy
Title A population based study examining the impact of interpersonal violence victimisation on mental health
Source Curtin University of Technology, 2007 Criminology Research Council grant; (35/05-06)
Date 2007
Document type Research report
Coverage Western Australia
Summary This report is the result of a population-based retrospective study of interpersonal violence in Western Australia, using the Western Australian Data Linkage System. Detailed findings were provided in the report, relating to hospitalisations, including repeat hospitalisations, due to interpersonal violence victimisation; Indigenous people; health care system impact; risk factors for hospital admission; deaths due to interpersonal violence; and cost of interpersonal violence victimisation. The results provide a thorough description of the size and nature of interpersonal violence from 1990 to 2004. The results have aided in the identification of risk factors associated with violence victimisation, both in the general population and specifically for those with a mental illness. The report also assisted in the calculation of the health care costs of interpersonal violence victimisation and the proportion of the costs relating to people with mental illness was calculated.
Keywords Interpersonal violence; data linkage; mental illness; health system costs
Topic Psychological effects and treatment