Underexamined and Underreported provides new analysis on the link between intimate partner violence (IPV) and suicidality, and the ways in which this disproportionately impacts women.
We show the ways in which this disproportionality is reinforced and exacerbated by experiences of multiple unmet needs and poverty.
Data within this briefing builds upon a 2022 Lancet Psychiatry article with new analyses by Sally McManus (of the Violence, Health and Society - VISION - consortium), providing further gender disaggregation and new attention to poverty and financial strain.
Over a quarter (27%) of women report experience of IPV in their lifetimes
Women who have experienced IPV are three times more likely to have made a suicide attempt in the past year compared to women who have not experienced IPV
Sexual IPV is ten times more common in women than men and is an IPV type particularly associated with self-harm and suicidality
IPV often occurs in a context of poverty and multiple unmet needs, trapping women with fewer resources for escape
Around half (47%) of women who are unemployed or unable to work due to sickness or disability have experienced IPV, compared to one quarter of other women (26%).
Female victims of IPV are more than twice as likely as non-victims (23% vs 10%) to have faced five or more other adversities in their life, such as financial crises, redundancy, bereavement, and serious physical illness