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Partner abuse prevalence and abortion.



This descriptive survey determined the prevalence of current partner abuse (physical, sexual, and/or emotional) in women attending an abortion clinic of an active treatment hospital in Canada. Results were then compared to other prenatal study findings. Data collection involved the distribution of self-administered questionnaires to 100 pregnant women. The study found that 41 women respondents are currently in abusive relationships. About 41.5% suffered from physical and emotional abuse; 36.6% were abused emotionally; 12.2% were abused physically, sexually, and emotionally; sexual abuse was reported by 4.9% of women; and 2.4% suffered from physical and sexual abuse. Comparing these results to the previous studies cited, it was found that this study identified a higher prevalence of abuse than studies by Helton (8%); Stewart and Cecutti (6.6%); McFarlane, Parker, Soeken and Bullock (17%); and Hillard (4%). However, the present findings are found to be lower than those of O'Campo, Gielen, Faden and Kass (41% vs. 65%).

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