National Survey by the CDC Finds Significant Mental Health Consequences of Domestic Violence

The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), published by the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, offers data on the prevalence as well as the physical and mental health consequences of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking. The survey found that respondents who reported experiencing abuse were more likely to report adverse mental health outcomes than respondents who did not report experiencing abuse. In making recommendations, the authors cite early prevention efforts, coordinated response services, and perpetrator accountability, as well as the critical importance of ensuring that mental health, legal, housing, and other resources are available and accessible to survivors.

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