Risk Factors for Spousal Physical Violence Against Women in Saudi Arabia

Halah M. Eldoseri, Phyllis Sharps

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This study aimed to explore selected risk factors for spousal physical violence (SPV) in women frequenting primary health care clinics (PHCs) in Saudi Arabia. A cross-sectional study design was conducted in six PHCs, where one-on-one, private interviews with 200 women were conducted using a standardized World Health Organization (WHO) violence against women questionnaire (v.10.0). SPV was reported by 45.5% of women. Husband-specific risk factors including alcohol or drug addiction, unemployment, control of wealth in the family, and physical aggression toward other men were significant predictors for SPV. A multisectoral approach should be implemented with focus on providers’ training, women’s safety, and involvement of men in violence prevention and intervention programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1269-1293
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020


  • alcohol and drugs
  • battered women
  • cultural contexts
  • domestic violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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