263272 Sought Help for Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) against Women: Does it Actually Reflect Women's Experience of IPV? A Study of National Bangladeshi Sample

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Md. Mosfequr Rahman , Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kanazawa Medical University, Kanazawa, Japan
Satoru Makinoda , Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kanazawa Medical University, Kanazawa, Japan
This cross-sectional study assesses help-seeking behavior of abused women and also focus on whether this help-seeking reflects women's actual experience of IPV using data from the Bangladesh Demographic Health Survey, 2007 (BDHS). A subset of help–seeker (n=770, 20.1%) was identified from survey women who were selected and interviewed for IPV and also living with husband (n=3825). One-fourth (25%) women reported experience of any violence: 10.5% experienced sexual violence in the absence of physical violence, 19.4% experienced physical violence in the absence of sexual violence by husbands. Among those who experienced IPV, only 28.7% tell anyone about the incident and 23.2% seek informal help and 12.6% seek formal help for partner's violence. Again, among women who sought help, 46.4% get assistance from the help provider. Women, who experienced sexual IPV only, 1.68 times more likely to tell anyone about their husband, 1.96 times more likely to seek formal help and 1.70 time more likely to get assistance. For women having experienced severe physical violence, 4.37 times, 3.70 times, 5.51 times and 3.36 times more likely to tell anyone about their husband, seek informal help, formal help and get assistance from help provider, respectively. The results of this study indicate that help-seeking is very low among the victims. These data also show that IPV is common and that most victims do not receive services to address this violence.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
1) evaluate present situation of intimate partner violence against women and also their help-seeking behavior; 2) identify sociocultural framework of help-seeking among the abused women.

Keywords: Violence, Public Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: My research area focuses on partner violence and also several work on this topic have been published in renowned journals
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.