Domestic Violence among Women in JeddahFageeh WMK*
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- *Corresponding Author:
- Fageeh WMK
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
King Abdulaziz University Hospital
Jeddah 21589, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: January 16, 2017; Accepted date: January 27, 2017; Published date: February 10, 2017
Citation: Fageeh WMK (2017) Domestic Violence among Women in Jeddah. J Women's Health Care 6:354. doi: 10.4172/2167-0420.100354
Copyright: © 2017 Fageeh WMK. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Objective: This study aimed to determine the prevalence of domestic violence and the common health problems reported by abused women. Methods: This cross-sectional survey was conducted between December 15, 2011 and May 30, 2012 on female residents of Jeddah who presented to King Abdulaziz University Hospital, King Abdulaziz Oncology Medical Center, or King Fahd General Hospital. Results: A total of 203 women were recruited. The lifetime prevalence of domestic violence was 34.0%. Emotional abuse was the most common form of abuse (31.3%); physical and sexual abuses were reported in 21.6% and 4.8% of the participants, respectively. Only 1% of Saudi victims of domestic violence planned to seek help from social services. Conclusion: Although domestic violence is a common problem among women in Jeddah, only a negligible proportion of women plan to seek help. Policy makers should therefore improve social support services to encourage and cater for the needs of abused women.