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Intimate Partner Violence among Women of Childbearing Age in a Primary Health Care Centre in Nigeria

Amobi L. Ilika, Prosper I. Okonkwo and Prosper Adogu
African Journal of Reproductive Health / La Revue Africaine de la Santé Reproductive
Vol. 6, No. 3 (Dec., 2002), pp. 53-58
DOI: 10.2307/3583257
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3583257
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Intimate Partner Violence among Women of Childbearing Age in a Primary Health Care Centre in Nigeria
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Abstract

This study assessed the prevalence and characteristics of intimate partner violence among women of childbearing age in a primary health centre. With interviewer-administered questionnaire, information on partner violence was elicited from three hundred women of childbearing age selected by systematic sampling in a primary health care (PHC) centre. Over 40% had experienced violence within the last 12 months. Type of marriage and partner's education had effect on violence. Perceived reasons for violence were economic demand (56.1%), reproductive issues (42.5%), alcohol and drugs (61.2%). Forty eight per cent reported to family members. Only 1% reported to the Police. Intimate partner violence is a prevalent public health problem in eastern Nigeria. Health workers and social organisations should recognise the problem and offer necessary support, and women should be empowered to navigate through the problem. /// Cette étude a etude a évalué la prévalence et les caractéristiques de la violence du partenaire intime chez les femmes en âge d'avoir des enfants, dans un centre des services médicaux primaries. A l'aide d'un questionnaire administé par l'intervieweur, nous avons recueilli des renseignements sur la violence du partenaire de trios cents femmes en âge d'avoir des enfants. Elles ont été selectionnées à travers un échantillon systématique dans un centre des services médicaux primaries (SMP). Plus de 40% avaient vécu la violence ces douze derniers mois. Le type de mariage et le niveau de scolarité du partenaire avaient un effet sur la violence. Les raisons perçues de la violence étaient l'exigence économique (15,1%), les questions de la reproduction (42,5%), l'alcool et la drogue (61,2%). 48% ont signalé aux members de famille. Seul 1% ont signalé à la police. La violence du partenaire intime est un problème de la santé publique prévalent à l'Est du Nigéria. Il faut que les Assistantes Sociales et les organisations sociales reconnaissent le problème et qu'elles offrent le secours nécessaire. Il faut également rendre les femmes capables d'affronter le problème.

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