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The Role of Structural and Interpersonal Violence in the Lives of Women

This is a cross-journal thematic series running in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth and BMC Women’s Health. The aim of the article collection is to build a strong understanding of structural and interpersonal violence against women, to explore its prevalence, incidence and possible risk factors as well as to identify policy responses to address structural inequities that make women vulnerable to various forms of violence.

Editor: Nawsheen Boodhun

Editor: Tovah Aronin

Guest Editor: Stefanie Montesanti

Image by Flickr user Michelle Carl (CC By 2.0)

Image by Flickr user Michelle Carl (CC By 2.0)

  1. Research article

    The specific and combined role of domestic violence and mental health disorders during pregnancy on new-born health

    Addressing impaired foetal growth is recognized as a public health priority. Certain risk factors for this condition, such as poor nutritional status at birth, have been found to be highly correlated with pove...

    Alexandre Archanjo Ferraro, Luis Augusto Rohde, Guilherme Vanoni Polanczyk, Adriana Argeu, Euripides Constantino Miguel, Sandra Josefina Ferraz Ellero Grisi and Bacy Fleitlich-Bilyk

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:257

    Published on: 1 August 2017

  2. Debate

    Assessing the feasibility of a web-based domestic violence intervention using chronic disease frameworks: reducing the burden of ‘treatment’ and promoting capacity for action in women abused by a partner

    Domestic violence shares many features with chronic disease, including ongoing physical and mental health problems and eroded self-efficacy. Given the challenges around help-seeking for women experiencing dome...

    Laura Tarzia, Carl May and Kelsey Hegarty

    BMC Women's Health 2016 16:73

    Published on: 24 November 2016

  3. Research article

    Antenatal depressive symptoms and maternal health care utilisation: a population-based study of pregnant women in Ethiopia

    Depressive symptoms during pregnancy can have multiple adverse effects on perinatal outcomes, including maternal morbidity and mortality. The potential impact of antenatal depressive symptoms on maternal healt...

    Tesera Bitew, Charlotte Hanlon, Eskinder Kebede, Girmay Medhin and Abebaw Fekadu

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:301

    Published on: 10 October 2016

  4. Research article

    Prevalence and incidence of domestic violence during pregnancy and associated risk factors: a longitudinal cohort study in the south of Sweden

    Domestic violence during pregnancy is not only a severe public health issue that jeopardizes maternal and foetal health but also violates human rights. The aim was to explore the prevalence and incidence of domes...

    Hafrún Finnbogadóttir, Anna-Karin Dykes and Christine Wann-Hansson

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:228

    Published on: 17 August 2016

  5. Research article

    Kikiskawâwasow - prenatal healthcare provider perceptions of effective care for First Nations women: an ethnographic community-based participatory research study

    Pregnant Indigenous women suffer a disproportionate burden of risk and adverse outcomes relative to non-Indigenous women. Although there has been a call for improved prenatal care, examples are scarce. Therefo...

    Richard T. Oster, Grant Bruno, Margaret Montour, Matilda Roasting, Rick Lightning, Patricia Rain, Bonny Graham, Maria J. Mayan, Ellen L. Toth and Rhonda C. Bell

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:216

    Published on: 11 August 2016

  6. Research article

    Experience of intimate partner violence among young pregnant women in urban slums of Kathmandu Valley, Nepal: a qualitative study

    Intimate partner violence (IPV) is an urgent public health priority. It is a neglected issue in women’s health, especially in urban slums in Nepal and globally. This study was designed to better understand the...

    Keshab Deuba, Anustha Mainali, Helle M. Alvesson and Deepak K. Karki

    BMC Women's Health 2016 16:11

    Published on: 5 March 2016

  7. Research article

    Cross-sectional and longitudinal risk of physical impairment in a cohort of postmenopausal women who experience physical and verbal abuse

    Exposure to interpersonal violence, namely verbal and physical abuse, is a highly prevalent threat to women’s health and well-being. Among older, post-menopausal women, several researchers have characterized a...

    M. Brad Cannell, Julie C. Weitlauf, Lorena Garcia, Elena M. Andresen, Karen L. Margolis and Todd M. Manini

    BMC Women's Health 2015 15:98

    Published on: 11 November 2015

  8. Research article

    Correlates of intimate partner violence against women during a time of rapid social transition in Rwanda: analysis of the 2005 and 2010 demographic and health surveys

    In Rwanda, women who self-reported in household surveys ever experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV) increased from 34 % in 2005 to 56 % in 2010. This coincided with a new constitution and majority-female...

    Dana R. Thomson, Assiatou B. Bah, Wilson G. Rubanzana and Leon Mutesa

    BMC Women's Health 2015 15:96

    Published on: 28 October 2015