Exploring the relationship of Domestic violence on Health Seeking behavior and Empowerment of Women in Pakistan

Ferdous, Nahida and Kabir, Russell and Khan, Hafiz T.A. and Chowdhury, Rocky (2017) Exploring the relationship of Domestic violence on Health Seeking behavior and Empowerment of Women in Pakistan. Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Public Health, 14 (1). ISSN 2282-0930

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Background: Violence against women is considered as a global problem and the trend for abusing domestically is very much up. This not only violates the human rights but it has got major implications on physical, mental, social and sexual health of a woman. Worldwide little is known on how domestic violence can women’s health and their decision-making power. The present study aimed to explore the relationship between domestic violence on
empowerment of women and their health seeking behavior in Pakistan.
Methods: This research used secondary data from the Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey data 2012-13. About 3687 ever-married women were selected and interviewed for domestic violence from 248 urban and 252 rural areas of Pakistan.
Results: Both chi-square and logistic regression analyses were performed. The results show that women with no education have suffered at lot as a result of domestic violence. Almost 68% women reported that those who have seen their parents beating their mothers have also
experiences domestic violence. Logistic regression reveals that women from rural areas are highly likely to be victims of domestic violence (OR=1.28, 95% CI: 1.07-1.52, p<. 001). ANC visit is also found to be statistically significant for those who suffered from domestic
violence in Pakistan.
Conclusion: Policy makers and other stakeholders should take measures to control and stop
violence against women and help them to live dignified human being.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.2427/12231
12 January 2017Accepted
January 2017Published Online
Subjects: CAH01 - medicine and dentistry > CAH01-01 - medicine and dentistry > CAH01-01-01 - medical sciences (non-specific)
CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-03 - social policy
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Dr. Hafiz T.A. Khan
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2017 09:45
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 15:37
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3822

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