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Trends in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

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ROCHA, Saulo Vasconcelos; ALMEIDA, Maura Maria Guimarães de  y  ARAUJO, Tânia Maria de. Violence against women among urban area residents in Feira de Santana, Bahia, Brazil. Trends Psychiatry Psychother. [online]. 2011, vol.33, n.3, pp.164-168. ISSN 2237-6089.

OBJECTIVE: To analyze the occurrence of physical and/or psychological violence according to sociodemographic variables, lifestyle habits, and medical conditions in a Brazilian urban population. METHODS: This epidemiological, cross-sectional study was conducted with a representative sample of the urban population of Feira de Santana, state of Bahia, Brazil, aged > 15 years. We used a semistructured questionnaire to collect data on sociodemographic variables, lifestyle habits, medical conditions, and acts of victimization. RESULTS: Among the respondents, women presented an increased incidence of physical and/or psychological violence when compared with men. Violence against women showed to be related with the presence of comorbidities that adversely affect women's health. CONCLUSIONS: Health and safety policies in the municipality assessed should include actions aimed at preventing violence against women, in view of the high incidence of the problem and its strong impact on population health.

Palabras clave : Violence; violence against women; women.

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