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 are to:
- Determine the prevalence of sexual violence across the life course, including sexual abuse experienced in childhood and adulthood, perpetrated both within an intimate relationship and outside of such a relationship.
- Determine the role of sexual violence as a risk factor for experiences of violence at different life stages.
- Identify the impact of sexual violence on socio-economic status over time, including measures of education, paid employment and financial stress.
- Determine the nature of associations between sexual violence at different life stages and subsequent health behaviours.
- Assess the impact of sexual violence on women’s physical and mental health.
- Measure health and other services use in relation to sexual violence, including costs of selected health services and satisfaction with general practitioner services.
- Identify those factors that might assist in recovery from sexual violence, including service use, and those time points at which such factors might be best introduced.
Professor Deborah Loxton, Deputy Director, Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health
Natalie Townsend, Research Manager, Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health
Peta Forder, Senior Statistician, Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health
The research team have long standing 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.