n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - The prevalence of intimate partner violence in a sample of women attending a Public Hospital in North West Province, South Africa : gender-based violence

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


Although Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) against women is a global phenomenon, its prevalence has been especially high in Sub Saharan Africa, and more so in South Africa. The contributory factors are many and present as complex combinations. IPV has also been identified as the commonest form of violence against women, and results in negative health outcomes for both the victim and her children. To enable public health interventions to develop intervention strategies require the understanding of the IPV and its contributory factors. This study used a questionnaire to collect data in a hospital setting, among women who attend out-patient clinics in a rural public hospital in the North West Province, South Africa. The findings indicated a high prevalence of physical abuse (39%) and a slightly lower prevalence of sexual abuse (37%) among the sample. History of the victim's mother having experienced domestic violence, the perpetrator's father having abused his female partner and the perpetrator fighting with other males were found to be significant predictors of IPV. Age of the victim, age of the male partner and the years that they were staying together were not significant. There is a need to put support systems in place for children who are exposed to IPV towards their mothers, as they are at risk of being IPV victims themselves.

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