Factors affecting the compliance of Israeli women with screening for intimate partner violence

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  • Funding: There was no source of funding for the study.

Correspondence: Merav Ben Natan, Pat Matthews Academic School of Nursing, Hillel Yaffe Medical Centre, P.O.B. 169, Hadera 38100, Israel. Email: meraav@hy.health.gov.il

Abstract

Violence against women has become a frequent occurrence. In Israel, some 200 000 women are subjected to various types of violence by their intimate partners annually. Routine screening for intimate partner violence is endorsed by the Ministry of Health in Israel; however, screening rates in health-care settings remain problematic. This study aimed to examine whether the model based on the Theory of Reasoned Action (TRA) succeeds in predicting women's intention to comply with screening for intimate partner violence.

A questionnaire based on the literature review and research model was administered to a convenience sample of 200 married women. Although only 4.5% (n = 9) of respondents were screened for violence at various health-care institutions over the past year, 75% (n = 150) of women declared that they intend to cooperate with screening. A positive correlation was found between women's marriage duration, beliefs concerning violence, attitudes towards screening, family member support for compliance with screening—and women's intention to comply with screening. The TRA succeeds in partially predicting women's intention to comply with screening.

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