Indian Journal of Forensic and Community Medicine

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Inter-personal violence in abomey-calavi (republic of benin) 2015-2018

Article : Open access

Article type : Research Article

Volume : 7

Issue : 1

Year : 2020

Author : C. E. Bigot, G. Padonou, A. Ahossi, J. M. Adovoekpe, F. Houngbe

Page no : 15-18

Abstract : The purpose of this study was to describe the epidemiological, forensic and judicial aspects of physical abuse in Abomey-Calavi (Republic of Benin). This retrospective study covered the period from 2015 to 2018. It covered all the cases of voluntary assaults tried in Abomey-Calavi court. The study included a total of 450 physical assault cases. The victims were mostly young men (58.7%) with a mean age of 31 years. The offenders had a similar profile. They were mostly young men with a mean age of 32 years. The assailants were mostly alone (86, 2%) and unarmed (56, 1%). Domestic violence frequency was 8.845%. The most frequent lesions were wound (63.1%) and bruise (51.4%). The mean duration of the total impairment was 5.8 days. Physical violence is the consequence of permanent tensions in urban area. It reflects a social imbalance. Violence management policies need to focus on prevention. Keywords: Physical violence, Forensic medicine, Total incapacity to work, Benin republic.