Prevalence estimate of intimate partner violence in Jordan

East Mediterr Health J. Jul-Aug 2009;15(4):880-9.


This study examined the prevalence of intimate partner violence in Jordan among a sample of 517 reproductive health clinic attendees. Intimate partner violence was measured using the World Health Organization's domestic violence questionnaire which was modified by the results of focus group discussions conducted in Amman. The percentages of women experiencing at least 1 form of control or violence since marriage were: control, 97.2%; psychological violence, 73.4%; physical violence, 31.2%; and sexual violence, 18.8%. Modifications of the WHO questionnaire were needed to measure control and psychological violence in Jordan. Similar modifications might be required when conducting research in the Region.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Ambulatory Care Facilities
  • Attitude to Health
  • Battered Women / education
  • Battered Women / psychology
  • Battered Women / statistics & numerical data*
  • Family Planning Services
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Humans
  • Jordan / epidemiology
  • Marital Status / statistics & numerical data
  • Middle Aged
  • Population Surveillance
  • Prevalence
  • Qualitative Research
  • Refugees
  • Spouse Abuse / diagnosis
  • Spouse Abuse / psychology
  • Spouse Abuse / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires