Health Promot Perspect. 2014;4(2): 230-239.
doi: 10.5681/hpp.2014.030
PMID: 25649136
PMCID: PMC4300450
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Iranian Women’s Experiences with Intimate Partner Violence: A Qualitative Study

Sakineh Taherkhani, Reza Negarandeh*, Masomeh Simbar, Fazlollah Ahmadi


Background: Violence against women has been identified as a public health problem, which has fundamental consequences on women's physical, mental, and reproductive health. To understand abused women and provide support for them, it is necessary to enter the world in which the victims of intimate partner violence live. This study was designed to investigate experiences of abused Iranian women of intimate partner violence. Methods: Content analysis approach was used to design this qualitative study. Participants were 11 married women, selected from two health centers and one park located in the south of Tehran, Iran. Purposive sampling method was applied to recruit the study participants and continued until data saturation was reached. Semi-structured interviews were employed to collect data. Results: During the data analysis, 650 initial codes were clustered in six subcat­egories and two categories. “Neglect or covert violence” and “overt violence” were two categories emerged through data analysis, both having physical, sexual, and emotional dimensions. Emotional violence was the most prevalent in both cases and had more significance for the women. Neglect was much more com­mon than overt violence. It was the precursor for overt violence. Conclusion: Although participants had experienced both neglect and overt violence, the major part of experienced violence was neglect. This type of vio­lence usually is not addressed or recognized and is difficult to identify, but it is damaging to women. Knowledge of women’s experiences of intimate partner violence makes the health staff provide better care for abused women.
Keywords: Wife abuse, Intimate partner violence, Domestic violence, Abused women, Iran
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Submitted: 18 May 2014
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