Female autonomy and intimate partner violence: findings from the Zimbabwe demographic and health survey, 2015

Bengesai, Annah Vimbai and Khan, Hafiz ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1817-3730 (2020) Female autonomy and intimate partner violence: findings from the Zimbabwe demographic and health survey, 2015. Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care. ISSN 1369-1058 (In Press)

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Abstract

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a persistent social problem in Zimbabwe and has been linked to dominant patriarchal attitudes that promote the superiority of men in marital relationships while denying women agency. Using the 2015 Zimbabwe Demographic and Health Survey data, we examined the influence of female autonomy on IPV. Our analysis was restricted to 2847 women who were in some form of sexual union. Consistent with earlier studies, our results show that more than 40% of the women had experienced some form of IPV. The most prevalent forms of IPV was emotional violence, followed by physical violence and sexual violence. Low levels of economic autonomy and supportive attitudes towards wife-beating increased the risk of IPV, while late marriage reduced the risk of all forms of IPV. The findings provide a basis for interventions that may increase economic control and improve decision making for women, although the association between economic violence and economic decision making requires further research that examines the possibility of reverse causality.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: decision-making; female autonomy; IPV; Zimbabwe
Subjects: Social sciences > Sociology of deviance
Depositing User: Hafiz Khan
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2020 08:47
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2020 19:07
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/6812

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