Factors associated with intimate partner violence by a former partner by immigration status and length of residence in Canada

Janice Du Mont, Ilene Hyman, Kristen O'Brien, Meghan E White, Fran Odette, Vappu Tyyskä
Annals of Epidemiology 2012, 22 (11): 772-7

PURPOSE: We examined intimate partner violence (IPV) by a former partner among Canadian-born and immigrant women by length of residence in Canada.

METHODS: Data from a 2009 national, population-based, telephone survey were used to determine the prevalence of and factors associated with any type of IPV (emotional, financial, physical, and/or sexual) by a former partner with whom there had been contact in the previous 5 years among immigrant women 0 to 19 years in Canada, 20 or more years or longer in Canada, and Canadian-born women (n = 1681).

RESULTS: Of immigrant women in Canada for 0 to 19 years, 41.6% had experienced IPV by a former partner; for immigrant women in Canada for 20 or more years or longer, 60.6%, and Canadian-born women, 61.5% (P = .0423). In a logistic regression model adjusted for age and other sociodemographic characteristics, immigrant women in Canada for 0 to 19 years were less likely than Canadian-born women to experience any IPV (odds ratio, 0.266; 95% confidence interval, 0.130-0.544). There was no difference in the occurrence of any IPV between immigrant women in Canada 20 or more years or longer and Canadian-born women.

CONCLUSIONS: High rates of any IPV by a former partner were found for both Canadian-born and immigrant women. Within immigrant communities, specific prevention campaigns should address the high risk of experiencing IPV at later stages of resettlement.

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