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Table 2 Participants’ pre- and post-intervention practices in discussing intimate partner violence (IPV) with identified sufferers

From: Training Sri Lankan public health midwives on intimate partner violence: a pre- and post-intervention study

Variable Pre-intervention Post-intervention
n (%) n (%)
Discussed the experience of IPV with all identified IPV sufferers *
Yes 201 (67.3) 387 (96.5)
No 98 (32.7) 15 (3.5)
Solutions suggested after discussing IPV **
Advised sufferers to be patient and tolerant with the perpetrator 117 (58.2) 5 (1.3)
Asked sufferers to seek help from family/friends 59 (29.4) 299 (77.1)
Asked sufferers to report violence to the police 34 (16.9) 29 (7.5)
Helped sufferers report violence to the police 3 (1.5) 0 (0.0)
Referred sufferers to the Medical Officer of Health/IPV services 13 (6.5) 87 (22.4)
Suggested sufferers improve communication with partners 21 (10.4) 118 (30.4)
Acted as mediators and helped sufferers solve problems with their partners 2 (1.0) 61 (15.7)
If IPV was not discussed, the reason was… **
I believed it was a personal matter 36 (36.7) 0 (0.0)
I thought I might humiliate the sufferer 22 (22.4) 0 (0.0)
I thought the sufferer would get angry if asked 24 (24.5) 6 (37.5)
The sufferer didn’t like to talk 16 (16.3) 14 (87.5)
  1. *p < 0.01; **More than one response allowed.