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Cent Afr J Med. 2002 May-Jun;48(5-6):64-8.

Risk factors, nature and severity of domestic violence among women attending antenatal clinic in Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Makerere University Medical School, P O Box 7072, Kampala, Uganda. aogu@africaonline.co.ug

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To determine the prevalence, types, severity and risk factors for domestic violence among women attending antenatal clinic.

DESIGN:

Cross sectional study.

SETTING:

The antenatal clinic, Mulago Hospital, the national referral hospital, Kampala, Uganda.

SUBJECTS:

Pregnant women (n = 379) attending the antenatal clinic, on their index visit.

METHODS:

Interviewer-administered pre-coded questionnaires about history of domestic violence during the index pregnancy (prevalence, nature, severity, and associated factors from socio-demographic history, reproductive history, childhood history and domicile); during the previous one year prior to the interview, or beyond the previous year.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

History of domestic violence and its severity, type, risk factors and associated factors in the index pregnancy or prior to it.

RESULTS:

Over 57% of the subjects reported moderate-to-severe abuse due to domestic violence. Abuse in childhood and witnessing abuse in childhood were significantly associated with domestic violence in index pregnancy (p = 0.000). Staying with co-wife, adolescent pregnancy and the first pregnancy were significantly associated with domestic violence.

CONCLUSIONS:

Domestic violence is common in pregnancy at Mulago; is moderate to severe and physical abuse is often associated with both sexual and psychological abuse.

PMID:
12971161
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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