Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Medicine / Surgery (Thesis)

Schools and Centres


First Supervisor

Julia Quinlivan

Second Supervisor

Rodney Petersen


This thesis explores a possible mechanism by which the presence of domestic violence may lead to poorer health outcomes in women. Whilst the cost and impact of domestic violence in the literature has been well documented, it is less clear exactly ‘how’ domestic violence leads to the reported variety of adverse health outcomes. The key hypothesis in this thesis is that the health impact of domestic violence is partly mediated through failure of affected women to attend for treatment and follow up. This then results in their poorer health outcomes.

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