Prevalence and effects of violence against women in a rural community in Minia governorate, Egypt.

J Forensic Sci. 2011 Nov;56(6):1521-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2011.01886.x. Epub 2011 Aug 9.

Prevalence and effects of violence against women in a rural community in Minia governorate, Egypt.

Habib SR, Abdel Azim EK, Fawzy IA, Kamal NN, El Sherbini AM.

Forensic Medicine and Toxicology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Minia University, Egypt.

ABSTRACT

This study was carried out to investigate prevalence and the characteristics of domestic violence (DV) against women in a rural area in Minia governorate, Egypt, as well as its physical and psychological consequences. Seven hundred and seventy-two women were interviewed. Sociodemographic data were collected; the WHO questionnaire was used to identify the abuse; the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM IIIR (SCID) to detect psychiatric disorders. Abused females constituted 57.4% of the total sample. There were significant relationships between DV and low education, low income, higher number of children, and husband’s education. Psychiatric disorders occurred in 18% of the sample. There were statistically significant relationships between psychological and physical abuse of women and the occurrence of psychiatric disorders. In conclusion, DV against women was related to various negative health outcomes, and it is recommended to be given its real importance in both Forensic Medicine Council and in psychiatric assessment.

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