Received: 23 November 2018
Accepted: 11 September 2019
First Online: 16 October 2019
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The research that has informed the development of this manuscript was granted ethical approval by the Research Ethics Board at the University of New Brunswick, Canada (REB#2011–059). This manuscript is based on analysis of existing longitudinal data obtained from the Women’s Health Effects Study (2004–2010) designed to examine the mental and physical health patterns of women in the early years after leaving an abusive relationship. Women who took part in the study gave free and informed consent in writing, knowing that they could choose not to answer or participate in any part of the study or to withdraw from the study at any time with no repercussions. They were informed that information collected in the research could be used by the team in other related analyses. The research reported here complies with the original intent of the Women’s Health Effects Study in its specific examination of the health pattern of CVD risk.
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: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.