Women's Help Seeking for Intimate Partner Violence in Jordan

Rachael A. Spencer, Manal Shahrouri, Louma Halasa, Inaam Khalaf, Cari Jo Clark

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Little is known about Jordanian women's help seeking for intimate partner violence (IPV), despite local and international investment in victim services. Using a clinic based survey (n = 517; response rate 70%) and focus group discussions (FGDs, n = 17) we explored Jordanian women's nonfamily help seeking for physical or sexual IPV. We evaluated survey data using bivariate and multivariate regression and examined FGD transcripts using open coding methodology. Nonfamily help seeking was uncommon, an option only in serious circumstances after familial help was ineffective, and correlated with violence severity and relative violence. Nonfamily resources are underutilized but critical for vulnerable Jordanian women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)380-399
Number of pages20
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2014

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The authors acknowledge representatives at participating organizations Sisterhood Is Global Institute, the Young Women’s Christian Association, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East, the University of Jordan Faculty of Nursing and Community Service Office, the Single Parents’ Club, and the Jordanian Association for Family Planning and Protection for their contribution to the successful implementation of the study. David E. Bloom, Allan G. Hill, and Jay G. Silverman are acknowledged for their contribution to the study’s design. Funds for the study were provided by the American Center of Oriental Research/CAORC, the U.S. Student Fulbright Program, and various grants from entities at Harvard University (Committee on General Scholarships, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, and the Department of Global Health and Population). Support for Dr. Clark during preparation of this article was provided by the Program in Health Disparities Research and the Applied Clinical Research Program at the University of Minnesota.


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