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Am J Public Health. 2010 Aug;100(8):1412-5. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.178947. Epub 2010 Jun 17.

Prevalence of intimate partner violence among an abortion clinic population.

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Department of Epidemiology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, 52242, USA. audrey-saftlas@uiowa.edu

Abstract

In this cross-sectional, clinic-based study, we estimated 1-year prevalence of intimate partner violence among 986 patients who had elective abortions. We assessed physical, sexual, and battering intimate partner violence via self-administered, computer-based questionnaires. Overall, physical and sexual intimate partner violence prevalence was 9.9% and 2.5%, respectively; 8.4% of those in a current relationship reported battering. Former partners perpetrated more physical and sexual assaults than did current partners. Violence severity increased with frequency. Abortion patients experience high intimate partner violence rates, indicating the need for targeted screening and community-based referral.

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20558796
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PMC2901290
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2009.178947
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