Violence in Pregnancy: qualitative and quantitative study of the problem


To document the prevalence of violence in pregnancy in a pilot region (East Flanders)
To test and adept the "Abuse Assessment Screening" tool to the Belgian context
To assess the possibilities for referral of victims through a KAP survey among gynaecologists
To identify the use of health care services as well as potential obstacles for the victims of violence during pregnancy


Review of literature
KAP-study among gynaecologists
In-depth interviews with gynaecologists and victims


Review of literature
Determining sample of gynaecologists
Interviews with gynaecologists
Determining the sample of victims
Interviews with victims
Screening of patients during prenatal consultations


Estimates of the prevalence of violence against pregnant women in East Flanders
Validation of the AAS method
Adequate referral system forvictims of violence in pregnancies
Overview of emergency services in the province
Overview of the difficulties and possibilities concerning the screening and referral of victims to emergency services

Funding agencies

Province of East-Flanders


Kathia Van Egmond, Marleen Temmerman


January 01, 2003 - December 30, 2003

Project status

Project closed

Team members

Ms. Marleen Temmerman




Interpersonal violence