Violence Against Women and Its Consequences on Women’s Reproductive Health and Depression: A Jordanian Sample

Jalal Kayed Mustafa Damra, Sanaa Abujulban*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


The aims of this study were to investigate the women’s current reproductive
health (RH) status, depression levels, and to clarify the relationships between
the violence against women and depression and the RH components. Three
hundred women participated in the study. Data were collected from the
Women Health Center (WHC) in Prince Faisal hospital in Rusaifa, Jordan.
The findings revealed that around 25.9%, 13.1%, 83.2%, and 65.1% of the
participant women had been exposed to physical, sexual, control, and
psychological violence, respectively. Around 77.7% of women were using
contraceptives; oral contraceptives and intrauterine devices (IUDs) were
the most common family planning methods used. In addition, the results
revealed that 50% of women were suffering from significant levels of
depression. A positive relationship between exposure to all violence types
and women’s depression levels was found but not for all RH components.
Original languageEnglish
Article number
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number00
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Cite this