Association Between Domestic Violence and Miscarriage: A Population-Based Cross-Sectional Study Among Women of Childbearing Ages, Sivas, Turkey

Nur N.

WOMEN & HEALTH, cilt.54, ss.425-438, 2014 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 54
  • Basım Tarihi: 2014
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/03630242.2014.897676
  • Dergi Adı: WOMEN & HEALTH
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.425-438


Violence against women is a global issue, with ramifications for the reproductive health of women. The current study examined the relation of domestic violence (DV) to miscarriage among women who were victimized during their last pregnancy. The study was conducted in Sivas city center, in Turkey. Associations between self-reported DV and miscarriage were analyzed using multiple regression modeling. Physical and/or sexual DV during the last pregnancy was reported by 10.0% and 6.2% of women, respectively. Women who experienced physical violence were 2.5 times as likely (Odds Ratio (OR) = 2.47, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.37-4.84, p = .003) to have experienced a miscarriage than women who did not report physical violence. These findings suggest that victims who experience physical violence during the last pregnancy may be more likely to experience miscarriage. Preventing DV, especially physical violence, may, therefore, be beneficial for avoiding adverse pregnancy outcomes.