Revista Brasileira de Epidemiologia
Print version ISSN 1415-790X
DURAND, Julia Garcia and SCHRAIBER, Lilia Blima. Violence during pregnancy among public health care users in the Greater São Paulo area: prevalence and associated factors. Rev. bras. epidemiol. [online]. 2007, vol.10, n.3, pp.310-322. ISSN 1415-790X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1415-790X2007000300003.
OBJECTIVES: To examine the prevalence of IPV (intimate partner violence) during pregnancy and its association with demographic and reproductive, sexual and mental health factors among public health care users in São Paulo, Brazil. METHODS: a) interview with 1,922 health care users, ages 15 to 49, in 14 public healthcare services. RESULTS: 20% (CI95% 18.2 to 21.8) reported IPV during pregnancy. Multiple logistic regression indicated that frequent family violence, having more than 2 pregnancies, beginning sexual life before 19 years of age, partner's refusal to wear condom, mental health problems, and being single are factors associated with IPV during pregnancy. CONCLUSION: The high prevalence rate for IPV during pregnancy indicates that this issue should be regarded as a major public health problem.
Keywords : Domestic violence; Intimate partner violence; Pregnancy; Associated factors.