Domestic abuse

Being a victim of sexual or domestic violence in adulthood is associated with the onset and persistence of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance misuse disorders, psychotic disorders and suicide attempts. In 2014 the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) identified that "Domestic violence is a major public health issue worldwide, and may account for up to 7% of the overall burden of disease in women, largely as a result of its impact on mental illness". It is estimated that there are around 49,500 female domestic abuse victims in Kent per year.