Teenage mothers at greater risk of partner violence

March 22, 2016
Teenage mothers at greater risk of partner violence

Australian women having their first child as teenagers are at increased risk of experiencing domestic violence, according to new data presented at the United Nations headquarters today.

Professor Gita Mishra from The University of Queensland is attending the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) in New York, and has co-hosted a side event with the Australian Government.

Professor Mishra said evidence from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH) suggests is as high or higher in now as it was 20 years ago.

"ALSWH data indicates that intimate partner violence affects women of all cultures, occupations and education levels in Australia, but a couple of groups are particularly vulnerable," Professor Mishra said.

"Of women who report having experienced intimate partner violence by the age of 40, more than a third had their first child before the age of 25.

"Eleven per cent had their first child in their teens, so health services used by these women during pregnancy may be a useful platform for prevention strategies."

ALSWH, which involves more than 58,000 Australian women and provides two decades of data, was initiated following the 1995 Beijing Declaration of the Fourth World Conference on Women.

"The declaration established a comprehensive map for gender equality and the empowerment of women, including a determination to prevent and eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls," Professor Mishra said.

"Forty-five per cent of ALSWH women who experienced intimate partner violence only had or lower, compared to 16 per cent with a university degree or higher.

"Education is the key when it comes to empowering women and preventing violence against them, and it is fitting that we report back on what leading women's studies are telling us."

Professor Mishra recently initiated InterLACE, an international collaboration that draws on data from 220,000 women from studies in nine countries.

"This provides international context on the indicators of 's health, wellbeing and empowerment, and for assessing progress in these areas," she said.

CSW60 runs until 24 March and is being attended by representatives of member states, UN entities, and accredited non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from all regions of the world.

The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health is based at UQ and The University of Newcastle.

Explore further: Young Aussie women now fatter but fitter

Related Stories

Young Aussie women now fatter but fitter

October 2, 2014
Young Australian women are fatter, fitter and more frazzled today than they were nearly 20 years ago, according to Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health researchers.

Domestic violence during pregnancy doubles risk of preterm birth and low birth weight

March 8, 2016
Domestic violence by a partner or ex-partner during pregnancy increases the risk of preterm birth, low birth weight and small-for-gestational-age babies, finds a study in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology ...

Link found between intimate partner violence and termination of pregnancy

January 7, 2014
Intimate partner violence in women (sometimes referred to as domestic violence) is linked to termination of pregnancy, according to a study by UK researchers published in this week's PLOS Medicine. The study, led by Susan ...

Campuses need safety planning to protect abuse victims, study finds

March 1, 2016
With up to half of college students experiencing abuse by an intimate partner at least once during their college careers, safety planning should be added to prevention and education programs in higher education, according ...

Victims of violence stop breastfeeding sooner

March 9, 2016
More than two out of ten women who have been victims of sexual abuse as children are likely to stop breastfeeding before their babies reach four months, according to a new study.

Recommended for you

New shoe makes running 4 percent easier, 2-hour marathon possible, study shows

November 17, 2017
Eleven days after Boulder-born Shalane Flanagan won the New York City Marathon in new state-of-the-art racing flats known as "4%s," University of Colorado Boulder researchers have published the study that inspired the shoes' ...

Vaping while pregnant could cause craniofacial birth defects, study shows

November 16, 2017
Using e-cigarettes during pregnancy could cause birth defects of the oral cavity and face, according to a recent Virginia Commonwealth University study.

Study: For older women, every movement matters

November 16, 2017
Folding your laundry or doing the dishes might not be the most enjoyable parts of your day. But simple activities like these may help prolong your life, according to the findings of a new study in older women led by the University ...

When vegetables are closer in price to chips, people eat healthier, study finds

November 16, 2017
When healthier food, like vegetables and dairy products, is pricier compared to unhealthy items, like salty snacks and sugary sweets, Americans are significantly less likely to have a high-quality diet, a new Drexel University ...

Children's exposure to secondhand smoke may be vastly underestimated by parents

November 15, 2017
Four out of 10 children in the US are exposed to secondhand smoke, according to the American Heart Association. A new Tel Aviv University study suggests that parents who smoke mistakenly rely on their own physical senses ...

How pomegranate extract alters breast cancer stem cell properties

November 15, 2017
A University at Albany research team has found evidence suggesting that the same antioxidant that gives pomegranate fruit their vibrant red color can alter the characteristics of breast cancer stem cells, showing the superfood's ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.