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Type Journal Article - Epidemiology Biostatistics and Public Health
Title Exploring the relationship of Domestic violence on Health Seeking behavior and Empowerment of Women in Pakistan
Volume 14
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2017
Page numbers 12231
URL http://ebph.it/article/view/12231
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 violencein 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

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