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Arch Iran Med. 2007 Jul;10(3):376-278.

The prevalence of domestic violence against pregnant women in Perak, Malaysia.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Royal College of Medicine, No. 3 Greentown Street, Ipoh, Perak 30450, Malaysia.


Domestic violence during pregnancy is a key issue in maternal and fetal mortality and morbidity. This cross-sectional study aimed at obtaining the prevalence of domestic violence amongst pregnant women who attended Ipoh General Hospital in Perak, Malaysia and to determine the risk factors associated with domestic violence during pregnancy. The prevalence of domestic violence was low (4.5%). Comparison between the two groups of subjects with or without domestic violence did not show any significant difference in terms of risk factors. The effect of domestic violence on pregnancy should be investigated comprehensively in a multicentral or community-based study using a culturally sensitive questionnaire. With the estimated low prevalence of domestic violence in this study, the need for screening it in health-care services in Malaysia is yet to be determined.

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