Background: Intimate partner violence is recognized
as a worldwide serious public health problem. It can cause serious injury,
disability or death. Risk factors for intimate partner violence during
pregnancy are often similar to risk factors for intimate partner violence in
general. Objectives: To assess the prevalence and associated factors of
intimate partner violence during pregnancy among recently delivered women in
public health facilities of Hossana Town, Hadiya Zone, Southern Ethiopia, 2014.
Methods: Facility based cross sectional study was conducted among 195 recently
delivered women in public health facilities of Hossana Town, Hadiya zone,
Southern Ethiopia from March 31-April 30, 2014. The data were collected by
pretested structured questionnaire. Both bivariate and multivariate logistic
regressions were done to identify predictors of intimate partner violence during
pregnancy. Results: Twenty three percent (23%) of women experienced at least
one form of Intimate partner violence during pregnancy. Psychological violence
was the most common form (20%) followed by physical (15%) and sexual violence
(12%). Alcohol drinking by the partners (AOR = 22 (7.4, 65.6), no formal
education of the partners (AOR = 10.8 (1.06, 108.5) and planned pregnancy (AOR =
0.23 (0.08, 0.67) were significantly associated with intimate partner violence
during pregnancy. Conclusion: Our study established that intimate partner violence
during pregnancy was a common experience. Partners’ alcohol drinking, no formal
education of partners and planned pregnancy were associated with intimate
partner violence during pregnancy. Health sector, police, lawyers and advocators
should give due emphasis to the victims of this problem.
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Laelago, T. , Belachew, T. and Tamrat, M. (2014). Prevalence and Associated Factors of Intimate Partner Violence during Pregnancy among Recently Delivered Women in Public Health Facilities of Hossana Town, Hadiya Zone, Southern Ethiopia. Open Access Library Journal, 1, e997. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/oalib.1100997.
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