Intimate Partner Violence and the Relation Between Help-Seeking Behavior and the Severity and Frequency of Physical Violence Among Women in Turkey

Ergocmen B. A., Yuksel-Kaptanoglu I., Jansen H. A. F. M. (.

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, vol.19, no.9, pp.1151-1174, 2013 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/1077801213498474
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1151-1174
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


This study explores the severity and frequency of physical violence from an intimate partner experienced by 15- to 59-year-old women and their help-seeking behavior by using data from the National Research on Domestic Violence Against Women in Turkey. Chi-square tests and logistic regression analyses were conducted to compare the relationship between severity and frequency of violence and women's characteristics. Of all ever-partnered women, 36% have been exposed to partner violence; almost half of these experienced severe types of violence. Women used informal strategies to manage the violence instead of seeking help from formal institutions. Help-seeking behavior increases with increased severity and frequency of violence.