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|Title: ||Burden of Intimate Partner Violence in The Gambia - A Cross Sectional Study of Pregnant Women|
|Authors: ||Idoko, Patrick|
|Issue Date: ||2015|
|Publisher: ||BioMed Central|
|Series/Report no.: ||Pp 1-6;|
|Abstract: ||Background: Intimate partner violence is an important public health problem that cuts across geographic and
cultural barriers. Intimate partner violence refers to the range of sexually, psychologically and physically coercive
acts used against women by current or former male intimate partners. The frequency and severity of violence varies
greatly but the main goal is usually to control the victims through fear and intimidation. About 80% of Gambian
women believe it is acceptable for a man to beat his wife thus encouraging the perpetuation of violence against
The objective was to ascertain the burden of intimate partner violence amongst pregnant women in Gambia.
Methods: A cross sectional survey was carried out at Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital, Banjul, The Gambia,
on antenatal clinic attendees between October and December 2012, using a pre-tested structured interviewer
administered questionnaire. All pregnant women were informed about the study at the antenatal booking clinic.
Of the 161 pregnant women informed, 136 (84.5%) consented to take part and were recruited in the study.
Descriptive analysis was done using the Epi info statistical software. Any pregnant woman booking for the first
time during the period of the study was eligible to be recruited into the study.
Results: Majority of enrolled participants (61.8%) reported intimate partner violence. Verbal forms of intimate
partner violence were the commonest forms, with 12% requiring medical care on account of intimate partner
violence and 3% prevented from seeking healthcare as a result of such violence.
Conclusion: Intimate partner violence is common in The Gambia, West Africa and is a threat to women’s health.|
|Appears in Collections:||Medicine|
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