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Journal article

Change in prevalence of psychological and economic abuse, and controlling behaviours against women by an intimate partner in two cross-sectional studies in New Zealand, 2003 and 2019

Financial abuse Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Violence against women New Zealand

This article explores changes in reported lifetime prevalence of psychological abuse, controlling behaviours and economic abuse between 2003 and 2019, and the past 12-month prevalence of psychological abuse by an intimate partner were examined.

Key findings:

  • There was a reduction in the reported past 12-month experience of two or more acts of psychological intimate partner violence (IPV) from 8.4% in 2003 to 4.7% in 2019.
  • The reported lifetime prevalence of two or more acts of controlling behaviours increased from 8.2% in 2003 to 13.4% in 2019 (95% CI 11.0 to 15.7).
  • Lifetime prevalence of economic IPV also increased from 4.5% in 2003 to 8.9% in 2019. 
  • Those who were divorced/separated or cohabiting, and those living in the most deprived areas were more likely to report past-year psychological IPV, lifetime controlling behaviours and economic abuse.
  • A higher proportion of women who were married or cohabiting reported controlling behaviours in 2019 compared with 2003.
Publication Details
10.1136/ bmjopen-2020-044910
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