The Relationship Between Intimate Partner Violence And Unintended Pregnancy: Analysis of a National Sample From Colombia

Intimate partner violence is associated with a number of reproductive and mental health problems. However, the relationship between intimate partner violence and women’s ability to control their fertility has not been adequately explored, especially in developing countries. Data from the 2000 Demographic and Health Survey for Colombia were used in multivariate logistic regressions to explore the relationship between intimate partner violence and unintended pregnancy, which was included as a measure of fertility control. Regional differences in the relationship were also explored, and population attributable risk estimates were calculated. The sample consisted of3, 431 ever-married women aged 15-49 who had given birth in the last five years or were currently pregnant.

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