PREVALENCE AND ASSOCIATED FACTORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AMONG MARRIED WOMEN IN RURAL EASTERN ZONE TIGRAY, ETHIOPIA 2015
Gebremedhin Gebrezigiabiher* and Fitiwi Tinsae
Background: Violence against women is usually targeted at women and girls due to their unequal treatment nature in society. Wife beating, the most widespread form of domestic violence, has adverse consequences on the health and wellbeing of women and is a major cause of disability and death in many countries. Objective of the study was to assess the prevalence and associated risk factors of domestic violence against women in Eastern Zone of Tigray, Ethiopia 2015. Methods: Community based cross-sectional study was conducted on 820 married women. Sample size was calculated by using single population proportion formula. Systematic random sampling was used to select study subjects. Data was collected door to door by interview using pre tested structured questionnaire. Data entered, cleaned and analysis was done by using SPSS version 20. Descriptive and logistic regression analyses were performed. Multiple logistic regression analysis was used to identify independent predictors of dependent variable. Result: the prevalence of overall domestic violence, physical violence, and sexual violence were 46%, 39.6% and 27.7 % respectively. Among the type of physical violence slapping was the commonest type account 32.8 %. Women husband's smoking, husband's drinking alcohol, educational level of husband and family monthly income were remaining significantly predictors of sexual violence; and Husband cigarette smoker, husband alcohol drunker, Husbands age and Number of children were remaining significantly predictors of sexual violence.
Keywords: Domestic violence, Married Women, eastern zone, North Ethiopia.
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