A life course approach to determining the prevalence and impact of sexual violence in Australia: The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health
The specific aims of this project were to:
- Determine the prevalence of sexual violence across the life course, including sexual violence experienced in childhood and adulthood, perpetrated both within an intimate relationship and outside of such a relationship.
- Determine the role of sexual violence during childhood as a risk factor for experiencing multiple forms of violence later in life.
- Identify the impact of sexual violence on socio-economic factors over time, such as education, paid employment and financial stress.
- Determine the nature of associations between sexual violence experienced by women at different life stages and subsequent health behaviours.
- Assess the impact of sexual violence on women’s physical and mental health.
- Measure health service use in relation to sexual violence, including costs of selected health services and satisfaction with general practitioner services.
- Identify factors associated with the general health and wellbeing of women who have experienced sexual violence.
This project used data from the ALSWH, a national, longitudinal, population-based survey examining the health of over 57,000 Australian women. The ALSWH explores factors that influence health and wellbeing among women who are broadly representative of the Australian population, and it is the largest project of its kind ever conducted in Australia. The ALSWH is a national research resource providing an evidence base to the government and other decision-making bodies within Australia for the development and evaluation of policy and practice in many areas of service delivery that affect women.
The findings from this project provide a strong and comprehensive evidence base for the development of recommendations for:
- the prevention of further disadvantage through economic distress
- the prevention of the uptake or continuation of health behaviours that damage health
- reducing risk of poor physical and mental health
- addressing dissatisfaction with health and other services
- priority groups where appropriate
- promotion of recovery from experiences of sexual violence.
Minister Rishworth launches new ANROWS research
WATCH the Hon. Amanda Rishworth, Minister for Social Services launch new ANROWS research at the Centre for Women’s Health Research’s inaugural Women’s Health Forum in Newcastle. In this speech, the Minister praises the researchers and the ANROWS CEO Padma Raman PSM for her “leadership of the organisation”.
Professor Deborah Loxton, Deputy Director Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, Co-Director Centre for Women’s Health Research
Natalie Townsend, Senior Research Manager, Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health and Centre for Women’s Health Research
Nicholas Egan, Statistician, Centre for Women’s Health Research and Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, University of Newcastle
Isabelle Barnes, Senior Research Officer, Centre for Women’s Health Research and Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, University of Newcastle
Emma Byrnes, Research Officer, Centre for Women’s Health Research and Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, University of Newcastle
Peta Forder, Senior Statistician, Centre for Women’s Health Research and Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, University of Newcastle
The research team have longstanding relationships with stakeholders in government and non-government positions. The project will be developed in continued consultations with these stakeholders to develop useful and relevant policy recommendations. Furthermore, consultations with Women’s Health NSW and the Women’s Abuse Recovery Network will ensure that the research and results are sensitive and relevant to women who have experienced sexual violence.