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September 2013

Most people are aware that physical violence by a spouse or partner is abusive behaviour. But abuse isn’t always physical. There are other types of abuse that occur within intimate partner relationships.

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A Question of Health

Every month Women’s Health Matters will be recruiting an expert to answer a question about a health issue that’s in the news or on women’s minds.

This month’s topic: What is an abusive relationship?

In September, Women’s Health Matters spoke to Dr. Janice Du Mont, a scientist in the Violence and Health Research Program at Women’s College Research Institute, about different types of abuse within intimate relationships, including physical, emotional and financial abuse.

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Women who have used fertility therapy to add to their families need not worry about the effects of those treatments on their long-term cardiovascular health. New WCH research shows that fertility treatment is not associated with excess cardiovascular risk later in life. In fact, mothers who conceived using fertility treatment had significantly lower cardiovascular risks than other mothers.

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Online Mental Health Centre

In Canada, substance abuse has been on the rise among women for the past 15 years; still the public has yet to be thoroughly informed on this issue. Women living with addiction face unique physiological concerns when it comes to substance abuse and substance dependence.  These women may be more vulnerable to the long-term effects of drug or substance addiction, such as disease and hormonal interferences.  The addiction section of our online mental health centre provides further information regarding substance dependence, the prevalence of women’s substance abuse, as well as resources to overcome the condition. If you or someone you know thinks they may have an addiction problem the online mental health centre provides a quiz to define a person’s substance abuse condition.

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