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Yale study: Threat of firearm violence affects nearly one in four female domestic abuse victims

Friday, April 07, 2017

"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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