Intimate partner violence against women in Ethiopia: Determinants, effects on maternal and child health, and perceptions in the health sector

Name: Tenaw Yimer Tiruye

Supervisors: Prof Deb Loxton, Dr Catherine Chojenta, Dr Melissa Harris and A/Prof Liz Holliday


The aim of this study is to identify the determinants, Maternal and Child Health (MCH) effects of intimate partner violence (IPV) and to explore perceptions of IPV in the health sector, arguably the most likely place that a woman may seek help. It is proposed to identify the hierarchical multi-level determinants of IPV from individual to societal levels. The effect of IPV on selected MCH outcomes, which are major public health problems in Ethiopia, will also be determined. The maternal health outcomes to be assessed will be pregnancy loss, maternal anaemia, and obstetric fistulae, while the child health outcomes will be neonatal mortality and child undernutrition. In addition, it is aimed to explore the perceptions of health care workers and health managers about IPV. The results will inform policy makers, organizations, and stakeholders working on women and child health in general and IPV against women in particular in Ethiopia. Findings will also help health-care providers to be informed and aware of the possibility of IPV as an underlying factor in women and children’s ill health. The study might also provide evidence for the need to integrate IPV interventions in the existing MCH programs and provide the information that will help to facilitate this.