Domestic and family violence against women: a case-control study with victims treated in emergency rooms

Leila Posenato Garcia Elisabeth Carmen Duarte Lúcia Rolim Santana de Freitas Gabriela Drummond Marques da Silva About the authors

This study aimed to identify factors associated with treatment of victims of domestic and family violence in emergency rooms in Brazil. This is a case-control study based on the Surveillance System for Violence and Accidents (VIVA), 2011. Women ≥ 18 years who were victims of family and domestic violence were selected as cases and compared to accident victims (controls). Adjusted odds ratios were estimated by unconditional logistic regression. 623 cases and 10,120 controls were included. Risk factors according to the adjusted analysis were younger age (18-29 years), low schooling, lack of paid work, alcohol consumption, having sought treatment in a different health service, and violence on weekends or at night or in the early morning hours. The study concludes that domestic and family violence shows alcohol consumption as a strongly associated factor. Days and hours with the highest ocurrence reveal the need to adjust emergency services to treat victims.

Emergency Medical Services; Violence Against Women; Domestic Violence; Women's Health; Case-Control Studies

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