Attitudes of health professionals towards violence and their tendency to report spousal violence

CAN ÖZDEMİR R., Işık M. T., Nazik S.

Asian Journal of Psychiatry, vol.83, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 83
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ajp.2023.103540
  • Journal Name: Asian Journal of Psychiatry
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Psycinfo
  • Keywords: Health professionals, Violence, Domestic violence, Reporting, Attitude
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


The aim of this study is to determine the attitudes of primary care providers, physicians, nurses and midwives towards domestic violence and their tendencies to report violence against women and the affecting factors. The population of this study was 294 health professionals. The mean score on the Domestic Violence was 19.23 ± 4.28 and on the Scale of Health Professionals’ Intentions/Behaviors Regarding Reporting Intimate Partner Violence was 124.24 ± 20.41. While the health professionals’ attitudes towards domestic violence were more negative in our study, attitudes towards reporting violence against women were more positive. Also, health professionals faced ethical problems related to the principles of privacy and confidentiality.