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, cilt.19, sa.9, ss.1151-1174, 2013 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 19 Konu: 9
  • Basım Tarihi: 2013
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1177/1077801213498474
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1151-1174


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.