A new ADR Wales Data Insight looks at the risk factors for domestic violence and abuse (DVA) experienced by mothers involved in public law family court care proceedings in Wales. Produced by members of ADR Wales’ Well-being and Social Justice research teams, the Data Insight provides a summary of recently published research within the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

The World Health Organisation has classed the effect of exposure to DVA on children’s health and wellbeing as a major public health concern. DVA is commonly underreported and prevalence estimates are wide ranging due to varying methods of measurement and data sources.

The team’s research linked anonymised Cafcass Cymru, health, and demographic data in the SAIL Databank. The findings revealed that just under 6% of cohort mothers, and 0.3% of the comparison group mothers had GP-reported exposure to DVA.

This study provides information on risk factors associated with GP-recorded DVA for mothers involved in public family law proceedings. Evidence of the association between having a mental health condition and experiencing DVA should help to further corroborate the necessity for continued and additional resources targeted at specialist mental health and DVA support services.