The knowledge and attitudes towards domestic violence among pregnant women in Delhi, India

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2021-12-31

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https://doi.org/10.47203/IJCH.2021.v33i04.014

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Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner Violence , Violence Against Women, Antenatal Women

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  • Suneela Garg Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi
  • Mongjam M Singh Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi
  • Saurav Basu Indian Institute of Public Health, Delhi https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1336-8720

Abstract

Background: Domestic violence during pregnancy endangers the health of the mother and her child. Aim and Objective: To ascertain the knowledge and attitudes towards domestic violence among pregnant women in India and to find out their sociodemographic predictors. Settings and design: This cross-sectional analysis of baseline data from a prospective study was conducted at the antenatal care (ANC) clinic of a major tertiary care government hospital in New Delhi from 2015-2018. Methods and material: The data were collected through face-to-face interviews with 1500 pregnant women up to 20 weeks of gestation. A p-value < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: The mean (SD) age of the participants was 24.6 (3.6) years. All the participants were married. A total of 1169 (77.9%) participants were aware of domestic violence. The participant comprehension of the types of domestic violence was highest for physical (89.9%), emotional (68.4%), economical (21.5%), and sexual (17.4%) violence. On adjusted analysis, education ?10 years and higher SES were associated with a comprehensive awareness of domestic violence. Conclusions: The awareness of domestic violence, especially beyond physical violence, is low among pregnant women in India.

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Garg S, Singh MM, Basu S. The knowledge and attitudes towards domestic violence among pregnant women in Delhi, India. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2021 Dec. 31 [cited 2022 Aug. 19];33(4):621-6. Available from: https://iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/2243

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