n South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Domestic abuse - an antenatal survey at King Edward VIII Hospital, Durban

Volume 10, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0038-2329
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



<I>Objectives.</I> To determine exposure to domestic violence by a partner or spouse among pregnant women attending a public sector hospital in Durban, South Africa. <br><I>Design.</I> Six hundred and four randomly chosen women from a low-income community were interviewed over a 6-month period using a standardised questionnaire. <br><I>Results.</I> Thirty-eight per cent had experienced domestic violence at some point in their lives. Physical abuse (52%) was the most common, and 35% had been abused during the current pregnancy. <br><I>Conclusion.</I> Domestic violence is common in pregnancy among women attending a public sector hospital.

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