Objective: The aim of the study was to determine the socioeconomic/demography
and prevalence of gender-based violence among pregnant women attending antenatal
care clinic (ANCC) at University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Benin City,
Methods: Descriptive cross-sectional study was carried
out to study the socioeconomic/demography and prevalence of gender-based violence
among pregnant women attending antenatal care clinic at UBTH. To achieve this, questionnaire
method was used to collect the necessary data. A self-administered questionnaire
with closed ended questions were implored.
Study Limitation: In this study, one of
the major constraints is that respondents were only women attending antenatal clinic
at University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Benin City, Nigeria. This means
that the respondents might not represent the entire Nigerian population of pregnant
women and what others might be experiencing in other parts of Nigeria.
Results: It was quite evident that the age range of the
respondents was 15-54 years while 25-34 years were the majority of the respondents;
age range of 45-54 years were the least. The prevalence of emotional abuse in the
study was 22.0%, that of physical abuse was 22.9%, the prevalence of respondents
being hit, slapped, kicked or hurt physically during pregnancy was 7.3%. The prevalence
of respondents being forced to have sexual activities in the last 12 months was
2.8%. The prevalence of respondents scared of anyone was 2.3%.
Conclusion: The study established the different forms of GBV
to include emotional violence, physical violence and sexual violence, amongst others.
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