Violence No. 1 health issue for Chicago women (fwd)
CHICAGO, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A study compiled by the Chicago
Department of Public Health shows domestic violence is the top health
problem for Chicago women.
The report suggests that domestic violence affects far more women
than breast cancer, sexually transmitted diseases or tuberculosis.
Public health officials said the study, released Wednesday,
represents the agency's first collection of data on the number of
domestic violence cases in the city.
Using Chicago Police Department data, health researchers counted
36, 628 incidents of domestic abuse in 1995 that were investigated by the
detective division's violent crimes unit.
The study listed gonorrhea as the No. 2 problem, affecting 7,374
women, followed by non-breast cancer, affecting 1,895 women; breast
cancer, affecting 1,773 women; AIDS, affecting 271 women; tuberculosis,
affecting 252 women, and syphillis, affecting 242 women.
The disease data came from 1994 and the cancer data from 1993.
Health researchers say the findings may help them identify
communities where domestic violence rates are high so the agency can
devote more resources to those areas.
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