Crime victims have a much higher lifetime incidence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Almost 27% of women and 12% of men who were molested developed PTSD later in life.
Women who experienced a homicide of a family member or close friend had higher levels of PTSD than non-homicide survivors; 22% experienced lifetime PTSD and 8.9% currently had PTSD.
Of crime victims diagnosed with PTSD, 37% also suffer from depression.
The most comprehensive co-morbidity study to date showed that lifetime prevalence of other psychological disorders in male and female crime victims with PTSD was 88.3% and 79%, respectively. The most common co-morbid disorders were depression, substance abuse and phobia.
The estimated risk of developing posttraumatic stress disorder is 49% for survivors of rape, 32% for survivors of severe beating or physical assault, 24% for survivors of other sexual assault, 5% for survivors of a shooting or stabbing and 7% for those who witness a murder or an assault.
Major depressive disorder affects an estimated one-third of all rape victims, often for an extended period of time. One-Third of women who are raped contemplate suicide and 17 percents attempt suicide.
Intimate partner victimization against American women ages 18 and older results in more than 18.5 million mental healthcare visits each year.
Physical and mental health effects of stalking are not gender-related. Both male and female victims experience impaired health, depression and injury and are more likely to engage in substance abuse than their non-stalked peers.
About one-third (30%) of female stalking victims and one-fifth (20%) male stalking victims sought psychological counseling as a result of their stalking victimization.
Roughly one-third of mental healthcare bills for rape, physical assault and stalking victims were paid for out-of-pocket.
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