Prevalence of domestic violence against married women in Turkey and associated risk factors Türkiye’de evli kadınlara yönelik aile içi şiddet prevalansı ve ilişkili risk faktörleri

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Tanrıverdi G., Çapık C., Yalçın Gürsoy M.

Turkiye Klinikleri Journal of Medical Sciences, vol.38, no.3, pp.218-229, 2018 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 38 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.5336/medsci.2017-58822
  • Journal Name: Turkiye Klinikleri Journal of Medical Sciences
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.218-229
  • Keywords: Domestic violence, Married women, Risk factors, Turkey
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: This crosssectional study was designed to determine the prevalence of domestic violence against married women and the associated risk factors. Material and Methods: We interviewed 1105 women in the study; the data were collected within November 2013-2014 by face to face interviews using a checklist was used, which was composed in accordance with the literature survey form. Ethical committee approval was obtained. Data evaluation was performed using the SPSS 19 statistical software. Results: According to the results, 38.2% of women were subject to some form of violence within the last one year. Approximately 32% of married women have been subject to emotional violence, whereas 18% have been subject to economic violence, 17% have been subject to sexual violence and 16% have been subject to physical violence. Women were subject to emotional violence most, and sexual and physical violence least. The determined risk factors related to violence were discontent in marriage, children abuse at home, not participating in decision-taking at home, living in the province of Kars and living in a large family. Conclusion: These results indicate that domestic violence continues to be a major problem, both in the eastern and the western parts of Turkey. Further studies could be designed to eliminate these factors. It could be recommended to utilize the results of this study in national and local action plans for elimination of domestic violence.