Experiences of intimate-partner violence and contraception use among ever-married women in Jordan

East Mediterr Health J. 2013 Oct;19(10):876-82.


This study explored the relationship between intimate partner violence (IPV) and current contraception use among ever-married women in Jordan. Analysing a sample (n = 3434) from the 2007 Jordan demographic and health survey, women who reported ever experiencing severe physical violence from their husband were significantly less likely to use contraception than women who did not report severe physical violence (OR = 0.34). Conversely, women who reported ever experiencing sexual IPV were significantly more likely to use contraception (OR = 1.50). Emotional and less severe physical IPV were not significantly related to contraception use. Education, wealth, age, number of children, and fertility preferences were positively associated with contraception use, while residence in the Badia area and consanguineous marriages were negatively associated with contraception use. The findings have implications for the provision of IPV screening and contraception services in Jordan, as well as the specification of services for women most vulnerable to IPV.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Child, Preschool
  • Contraception Behavior / psychology
  • Contraception Behavior / statistics & numerical data*
  • Family Characteristics
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Jordan / epidemiology
  • Marriage*
  • Middle Aged
  • Risk Factors
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Spouse Abuse / psychology
  • Spouse Abuse / statistics & numerical data*
  • Young Adult