Risk Factors for Spousal Physical Violence Against Women in Saudi Arabia

Halah M. Eldoseri, Phyllis W Sharps

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Abstract

This study aimed to explore selected risk factors for spousal physical violence (SPV) in women frequenting primary health care clinics (PHCs) in Saudi Arabia. A cross-sectional study design was conducted in six PHCs, where one-on-one, private interviews with 200 women were conducted using a standardized World Health Organization (WHO) violence against women questionnaire (v.10.0). SPV was reported by 45.5% of women. Husband-specific risk factors including alcohol or drug addiction, unemployment, control of wealth in the family, and physical aggression toward other men were significant predictors for SPV. A multisectoral approach should be implemented with focus on providers’ training, women’s safety, and involvement of men in violence prevention and intervention programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Mar 1 2017

Keywords

  • alcohol and drugs
  • battered women
  • cultural contexts
  • domestic violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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