Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
On-line version ISSN 1678-4561Print version ISSN 1413-8123
MOTA, Jurema Corrêa da; VASCONCELOS, Ana Gloria Godoi and ASSIS, Simone Gonçalvez de. Correspondence analysis as a strategy for describing the profiles of women battered by their partners and assisted by a specialized unit. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2007, vol.12, n.3, pp.799-809. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232007000300030.
Domestic violence perpetrated against women by their live-in partners may be rated as a public health problem. Knowledge of battered women's profiles helps shape specific actions that curtail this type of aggression. This paper examines the links between violence groups, and the socio-demographic status of aggressors and their victims, using the Multiple Correspondence analysis technique in order to profile the women helped by the Integrated Women's Assistance Center (CIAM). The findings showed different profiles for women assaulted by their partners in terms of the severity of the violence. Victims with severe sexually-related injuries were associated with incomplete high school educations and more than three workers resident in the home. Victims with serious physical and psychological injuries were related to university educations and graduate studies, declared as heads of families. Victims with minor physical and psychological injuries were related to relationships lasting less than five years, with high school diplomas for the women and younger aggressors, employed, and with up to three workers resident in the home.
Keywords : Domestic violence; Assistance services; Correspondence analysis.