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Prevalence and Determinants of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in Marivan County, Iran

NCJ Number
Journal of Family Violence Volume: 27 Issue: 5 Dated: July 2012 Pages: 391-399
Roonama Nouri; Haidar Nadrian; Arezoo Yari; Gona Bakri; Bahjat Ansari; Ahmad Ghazizadeh
Date Published
July 2012
9 pages
This paper reports on the prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) as well as individual, socioeconomic, and family function characteristics associated with IPV among women attending public health services in Marivan County, Iran.
Multistage cluster sampling was employed to recruit 770 women to participate in the study. This descriptive, cross-sectional study took place from May to November 2009. The majority of the women (79.7 percent) had experienced psychological IPV, followed by physical IPV (60 percent) and sexual IPV (32.9 percent). There was a positive significant relationship between IPV and education level of women and the level of religious commitment in both women and spouses. Spouse's smoking, addiction to drugs, mental illness, and weakness in religious persuasion were statistically significant predictors of IPV and accounted for 36 percent of the variation. This correlational study suggests that educational programs regarding these risk factors and their associations with the outcome of IPV should be designed by healthcare providers and implemented not only in healthcare facilities, but presented from local media. Public health services and healthcare facilities can play an important role in the detection of IPV and improve responses to victims by establishing education centers and informing women of the best ways they can confront this deleterious problem. Abstract published by arrangement with Springer.