Violence committed by acquaintances - Brazil, 2013

Márcio Dênis Medeiros Mascarenhas Raniela Borges Sinimbu Deborah Carvalho Malta Marta Maria Alves da Silva Alexandre Fonseca Santos Maria Lucia França Pontes Vieira Célia Landmann Szwarcwald About the authors

Abstract

The scope of this article is to describe the prevalence of violence committed by acquaintances in accordance with demographic characteristics. It is a descriptive study, based on data from a population-based National Health Research survey conducted in Brazil in 2013. Data from the adult population (≥ 18 years) of 64,348 households. Prevalence rates were calculated and their respective 95% confidence intervals (95%CI) according to gender, age, education, race/color, area of residence and geographical region. The prevalence of violence committed by acquaintances was 2.5% (95%CI 2.3-2.7), significantly higher in women (3.1%; 95%CI 2.8-3.5) compared to men (1.8%; 95% CI 1.6-2.1). This prevalence was higher in the population aged 18-29 years old (3.2%; 95%CI 2.8-3.7) compared to older individuals (1.1%; 95%CI 0.8-1.3), and among residents of the North (3.2%; 95%CI 2.5-3.8) and Northeast Regions (3.0%; 95%CI 2.5-3.8) when compared to residents of the Southeast Region (2.0%; 95%CI 1.6-2.3). Violence was present in higher prevalence among women, proving the occurrence of gender-based violence and confirming its occurrence in all geographical regions and in different population groups in Brazil in 2013.

Key words
Violence; Domestic violence; Prevalence; Health surveys; Descriptive epidemiology

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