Prevalence of domestic violence and its related factors in women referred to health centers in Khuzestan Province

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Sedigheh Nouhjah 1 , * , Sayed Mahmoud Latifi 2 , Mariam Haghighi 1 , Hamideh Eatesam 1 , Afsaneh Fatholahifar 1 , Neda Zaman 1 , Farkhondeh Farokhnia 1 , Fatemeh Bonyadi 1

1 Dept. of Public Health, School of Health, Medical Sciences University of Joundishapour, Ahwaz, Iran

2 Diabetes Research Center and Department of Biostatic and Epidemiology, School of Health, Medical Sciences University of Joundishapour, Ahwaz, Iran

How to Cite: Nouhjah S, Latifi S M, Haghighi M, Eatesam H, Fatholahifar A, et al. Prevalence of domestic violence and its related factors in women referred to health centers in Khuzestan Province , J Kermanshah Univ Med Sci. 2011 ; 15(4):e79308.

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Journal of Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences: 15 (4); e79308
Published Online: November 19, 2011
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 21, 2010
Accepted: January 18, 2011

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Abstract

Background: Domestic violence is a risk factor for a wide range of health problems. This study investigated the prevalence of domestic violence and its related factors among women who attending health centers in four cities of Khuzestan provinces.

Methods: In a descriptive-analytical study, 1820 women aged between 14-56 years who referred to health centers of Ahwaz, Abadan, Dezful and Andymeshk were studied. An interview-administered questionnaire was used for data collection. Logistic regression model for the calculating the odds ratio was applied.

Results: Overall prevalence of physical violence at any time of life was 20.2%. The prevalence of psychological, sexual and any type of violence were 41%, 10.9% and 47.3%, respectively. Logistic regression showed that experience of any type of violence has a significant relationship with literacy, employment, ethnicity, city of residence, age of women and history of psychiatric disorders in husbands.

Conclusion: The prevalence of violence in Khuzestan was high. Health centers need to consider routine screening and referring victims of violence.

Keywords

domestic violence intimate partner violence women Khuzestan

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