Study on Community awareness regarding psychological violence against women


Afroza Begum1 , Farzana Arzu Khan2 , Ashfia Saberin3 , Tanmoy Sarker4 , Rezwana Parveen5 , Jannatul Ferdous6


A community based cross-sectional study was carried out in a selected village of Dhamrai, Dhaka with a sample size of 191 to explore the status of community awareness regarding psychological violence against women (PVAW) among respondents > 18 years of age with a semi-structured questionnaire employing purposive sampling method; data was collected by face to face interview. Female respondent were higher (51.8%) in number. This study found that 26.2% and 29.3% respondents were in the age group between 28-37 years and 38-47 years respectively (Mean ±SD = 37.35 ±11.95 years). Most of the respondents were married (86.4%); mean duration of marriage was 18.41 ±10.438 years. The mean monthly family income was 21989.53 ±12391.419 Tk, This study found that nuclear family (58.1%) was higher. The findings of the current study shows that 57.6% respondents have average (30 % to < 60%) knowledge regarding psychological violence. Association between the psychological violence with educational status of the respondents was statistically significant. (p = .018), also there is statistical significant association between psychological violence with family income of the respondents. (p = .018) and psychological violence with the type of family of the respondents. (p = .033). Violence against women is a burning public health issue and a serious threat to human rights. Intervention like social awareness programmes can be arranged to improve the knowledge and awareness of the community people.

Keywords: Community awareness, Psychological violence against women.

  1. Professor and Head, Department of Maternal and Child Health

    National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine (NIPSOM), Mohakhali, Dhaka

  2. Medical Officer

    OGSB Hospital, Dhaka

  3. Medical Officer

    Civil Surgeon Office, Bogura

  4. Medical Officer

    Dental Unit, Rajshahi Medical College & Hospital

  5. Medical Officer

    Sararchar Sub-center Bajitpur Upozilla Health Complex, Kishorgonj

  6. Medical Officer

    Rushmono Specialized Hospital, Dhaka

Volume 1, Number 1, January 2019
Page: 10-13