Prevalence estimate of intimate partner violence in Jordan

C. J. Clark, D. E. Bloom, A. G. Hill, J. G. Silverman

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This study examined the prevalence of intimate partner violence in Jordan among a sample of 517 reproductive health clinic attendees. Intimate partner violence was measured using the World Health Organization's domestic violence questionnaire which was modified by the results of focus group discussions conducted in Amman. The percentages of women experiencing at least 1 form of control or violence since marriage were: control, 97.2%; psychological violence, 73.4%; physical violence, 31.2%; and sexual violence, 18.8%. Modifications of the WHO questionnaire were needed to measure control and psychological violence in Jordan. Similar modifications might be required when conducting research in the Region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)880-889
Number of pages10
JournalEastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2009

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