The Effect of Domestic Violence on Cardiovascular Risk

Discussion Papers on Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark, 7/2021

34 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2021

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Seetha Menon

University of Southern Denmark

Date Written: August 16, 2021

Abstract

The prevalence of metabolic risk factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease (CVD), such as hypertension and high plasma glucose levels have seen a substantial increase globally. Violence elevates stress and increases CVD risk and yet, there is sparse evidence on the relationship between domestic violence and CVD risk factors. This study presents new empirical evidence by leveraging biomarker data from a large nationally representative survey. I find (i) a consistent positive causal effect of physical violence on prevalence of hypertension amongst women, (ii) a positive causal effect of emotional and sexual violence on prevalence of hypertension amongst women, (iii) No discernible effects of domestic violence on CVD risk for the men in these relationships.

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Funding Information: None to declare

Declaration of Interests: None to declare

Keywords: Cardiovascular risk, domestic violence, hypertension, diabetes

JEL Classification: I12, I14, J12, J16

Suggested Citation

Menon, Seetha, The Effect of Domestic Violence on Cardiovascular Risk (August 16, 2021). Discussion Papers on Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark, 7/2021, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3905936 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3905936

Seetha Menon (Contact Author)

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