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Domestic abuse survivors twice as likely of long-term illness

Women who have suffered domestic abuse are twice at risk of contracting long-term illnesses which cause extensive pain and acute exhaustion, a new study has found. The report, which was carried out by the University of Birmingham and Warwick, discovered women who have been subjected to abuse from partners are almost twice as likely to develop fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome than people who have not.

The first of its kind study, published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, looked at GP records dating between 1995 and 2017 of 18,547 women who had suffered domestic abuse compared to 74,188 who had not. 

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