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Domestic Violence Against Married Women in Edirne

NCJ Number
Journal of Interpersonal Violence Volume: 25 Issue: 5 Dated: May 2010 Pages: 832-847
Burcu Tokuç; Galip Ekuklu; Serap Avcioglu
Date Published
May 2010
16 pages
The aim of this study is to assess the prevalence and risk factors of domestic violence against married women in Edirne, Turkey.
This is a cross-sectional study which included a representative sample of the married women living in the Provincial Center of Edirne. The total past year prevalence of some forms of physical domestic violence is 34 percent in the last 12 months. Ninety three percent of women reported that they have been experiencing different forms of verbal and psychological domestic violence. The important risk factors for physical domestic violence were being Roma woman (OR = 2.97, 95 percent CI: 1.44-6.12), living with more than four people in the household (OR = 2.29, 95 percent CI: 1.21-4.36), being unemployed (OR = 2.15, 95 percent CI: 1.06-4.37), and got married only with her families' decision (OR = 4.60, 95percent CI: 1.42-14.80). The findings conclude that patriarchal and traditional values, women's lack of financial autonomy, and low socioeconomic status are the risk factors for physical domestic violence. (Published Abstract)