Physical, mental and sexual abuse among the married women in south eastern Iran, 2009

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Hosein Ansari 1 , * , Mehdi Noroozi 2 , MohammadAli Yadegari 3 , Masume Javaheri 4 , Samira Ansari 5

1 Instruction Department of Epidemiology Health Promotion Research Center , Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran.

2 PhD Student of Epidemiology , Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

3 MSc Student of Nursing , Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

4 MSc of Epidemiology , Ilam University of Medical Sciences, Ilam, Iran.

5 BSc Student of Occupational Health , Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran.

How to Cite: Ansari H, Noroozi M, Yadegari M, Javaheri M, Ansari S. Physical, mental and sexual abuse among the married women in south eastern Iran, 2009, Hormozgan Med J. 2013 ; 16(6):e88070.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Hormozgan Medical Journal: 16 (6); e88070
Published Online: November 19, 2011
Article Type: Research Article
Received: June 13, 2011
Accepted: November 19, 2011

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Abstract

Introduction: Family violence is an aggressive behavior happening among some couples. According to WHO reports, familial violence against women is a health priority and has many complications. This study investigated the physical, mental and sexual violence exposure among the married women in reproductive age in Zahedan, Iran. Methods: This cross sectional study carried out on 354 married women living in Zahedan city in 2009. The data was collected through interview and by using a valid and reliable questionnaire. At first, the subjects were categorized based on violence exposure level, and then the data were analyzed using descriptive statistic and chi square test. P-value<0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: The results showed that the exposure prevalence with physical, mental and sexual violence was 5.4%, 20.9% and 9.7%, respectively. The educational level of husband, number of children and age of marriage were related to all three types of violence (P<0.04) and ethnicity, educational level and husband's job were related to physical and mental violence (P<0.05). Additionally, mental and sexual violence were associate with monthly income of family (P<0.05). Conclusion: It seems that violence exposure among Zahedanian women is more than expected. That is probably due to low Socio-economic statues and illiteracy

Keywords

Violence – Women - Zahedan

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