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Intimate partner violence and utilization of reproductive and maternal health services in Cambodia
Authors: Vanthy Mai and Win Ei Phyu
Source: Journal of Health Research, Volume 34, Issue 2
Topic(s): Health care utilization
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
Maternal health
Reproductive health
Service utilization
Country: Asia
Published: MAR 2020
Abstract: Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore an association between women experience lifetime intimate partner violence (IPV) and women decision making with utilization of reproductive and maternal health services in Cambodia. Design/methodology/approach An analysis of secondary data of Cambodia Demographic and Health Survey (CDHS) 2014. The total number of sample size was 1,539 married women who had birth in the last five years prior to the time of interview and completed the domestic violence module in the CDHS 2014 questionnaire. X^2 test and binary logistic regression were performed in this study. Findings Results give an evidence that emotional violence had significant impact on receiving sufficient antenatal care (ANC) (OR: 0.7, 95%CI: 0.43–0.86) while physical violence had significant association with deliver with skilled birth attendance (SBA) (OR: 0.5, 95%CI: 0.27–0.79). Further, women’s participation in household decision making played as important factor in enabling women revive sufficient ANC (OR: 1.7, 95%CI: 1.19–2.29), and utilization of modern contraceptive method (OR: 1.5, 95%CI: 1.09–1.97). Originality/value This study provides significant finding on the impact of IPV and women’s decision making on reproductive and maternal health in Cambodia. Result has drawn an attention to policy makers, related ministries and stakeholder to promulgate and effectiveness of policies and program implementation within the country.