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Women Report More Economic Abuse, Controlling Behaviour By Partners

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March 25, 2021 Politics, PressRelease, Supercity p Press Release – University of Auckland New Zealand women in relationships with men are reporting increased levels of economic abuse and controlling behaviour by those partners, University of Auckland research shows.Studies led by Associate Professor Janet Fanslow in the School of Population Health compared data from face-to-face surveys of New Zealand women conducted in 2003 and 2019 relating to husbands, boyfriends and current- and ex- partners.“Increased rates of controlling behaviour and economic abuse, along with New Zealand’s high rates of physical and sexual violence, indicate we urgently need to invest in prevention efforts that address the underlying causes,” Dr Fanslow said.Dr Fanslow and her colleagues have just published two studies in the journal BMJ Open, one on the prevalence of psychological and economic abuse and controlling behaviours by New Zealand women’s partners, and one on physical and sexual violence by their partners.

” Dr Fanslow indicated that this may be the result of New Zealand’s maturing family violence response system.“This is the first time we’ve been able to track changes in rates of abuse by New Zealand women’s partners over time.

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