"Threat and fear of firearm violence affects nearly one in four female victims of domestic abuse, according to a first-of-its-kind study by two Yale Department of Psychiatry researchers on the relationship between firearm threat and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The study, published online March 28 by the Journal Violence and Gender, revealed that PTSD symptom severity increases the more a woman has been threatened by gun violence.
Researchers interviewed 298 Connecticut women ages 18 to 75 years who were victims in a criminal domestic violence case with a male intimate partner. Approximately one-quarter said they were threatened by a gun during their relationship, and 12.5 percent reported being afraid their partners would use a firearm against them in the 30 days prior to being interviewed."
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