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NCJ Number: 182188 Find in a Library
Title: Health Impact of Domestic Violence: Mexico City (From Too Close to Home: Domestic Violence in the Americas, P 81-101, 1999, Andrew R. Morrison and Maria L. Biehl, eds. -- See NCJ-182184)
Author(s): Rafael L. Ascencio
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: Johns Hopkins University Press
Baltimore, MD 21218-4319
Sale Source: Johns Hopkins University Press
Johns Hopkins University
2715 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218-4319
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter examines the health impact of domestic violence in Mexico City.
Abstract: There have been few evaluations of the impact of violence on health and most of those have relied on simple indicators such as death reports, crime reports, hospital records and interviews with victims. Unfortunately, almost all of those evaluations or recording systems looked only at permanent injuries or deaths associated with violence and therefore offer an incomplete view of the health problems associated with violence. Recently some indicators have been developed to measure both the fatal and nonfatal effects of diseases and injury. This study used the disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) indicator, which quantifies healthy years of life lost due to premature mortality or disability. The burden associated with violence against women is significant; one in 18 disability-adjusted life years lost by women in Mexico City stemmed from such violence. Marital violence was the leading cause of lost DALYs. Girls under age five also showed significant DALYs lost. Violence against women ranked third in health needs priorities of all women in Mexico City and first for females 5 to 44 years of age. Figures, tables, notes, references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Abused women; Domestic assault; Healthcare; Medical costs; Mexico; Needs assessment; Statistics; Victims of violent crime; Violent men
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