The Bigger Picture: The Effects of Intimate Partner Violence on Aboriginal Women’s Mental Health


Aboriginal women’s accounts of intimate partner violence are much more severe and frequent. This, along with the many other challenges Aboriginal women face (such as poverty, discrimination, a lack of resources and accessibility), cause the experiences of violence to be magnified. This is clearly demonstrated in the high rates of mental health problems for Aboriginal women. This paper outlines how all of these factors connect, and encourages researchers and health professionals to adopt more holistic approaches to mental health.

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