Domestic Violence Among Iraqi Refugees in Syria

Hannah Tappis, Elizabeth Biermann, Nancy Glass, Margarita Tileva, Shannon Doocy

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A domestic violence questionnaire was administered to 701 adult females in a sample of 813 Iraqi households in Syria; unmarried women and women whose husbands were away were excluded, yielding a final sample of 486. Lifetime physical, verbal, or emotional abuse was reported by 30%, and approximately 20% experienced abuse within the past year. Non-Damascus residence, children &18 years in the household, no financial challenges upon arrival, and borrowing money in Syria were associated with increased risk of domestic violence within the past year. Support services are inadequate and should be expanded; and longer-term prevention measures also should be implemented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-297
Number of pages13
JournalHealth care for women international
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Health Professions


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