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Intimate partner violence and the utilization of maternal health care services in Nigeria
Authors: Ononokpono DN, Azfredrick EC.
Source: Health Care for Women International, 35(7-9):973-89. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2014.924939.
Topic(s): Domestic violence
Maternal health
Country: Africa
Published: AUG 2014
Abstract: Our aim in this study is to examine the association between women's lifetime experiences of physical, sexual, and emotional intimate partner violence (IPV) and the use of maternal health care services. We used data from the 2008 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey. Analysis was based on responses from 17,476 women (for antenatal care [ANC]) and 17,412 (for delivery assisted by a skilled health provider) who had had deliveries in the 5 years preceding the survey. We found an overall IPV prevalence rate of 33.4%. Physical IPV was associated with low use of ANC. Emotionally abused women were less likely to use delivery assistance from skilled health care providers. Based on our findings, we suggest the importance of designing interventions to address the health care needs of women who have experienced violence from their partners.