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Couple Interaction and Predicting Vulnerability to Domestic Violence in Uttar Pradesh, India
Authors: Brijesh P. Singh, Kaushalendra K. Singh, and Neha Singh
Source: Journal of Interpersonal Violence , 0886260513518432
Topic(s): Domestic violence
Country: Asia
  India
Published: FEB 2014
Abstract: Domestic violence, when conducted against women, is a type of gender-based violence that negatively impacts a woman’s physical and psychological health, causing insecurity, lack of safety, and loss of health and self-worth. Domestic violence is an important consideration for sexual, reproductive, and child health, as it can affect contraceptive behaviors of couples as well as levels of infant mortality. In the present analysis, an attempt has been made to study the relationship between women’s experience of domestic violence and couple interaction after controlling for certain socioeconomic and demographic variables using logistic regression. This study looks at data from the National Family Health Survey–III conducted from 2005 to 2006 in Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state of India. Findings reveal that 43% of women suffer from domestic violence in the society as a whole; however, if a couple makes joint decisions in household matters, the prevalence of domestic violence is observed to be 24% less. Education and occupation of women, standard of living, media exposure, and partner’s alcoholic behaviors are also found to be possible predictors of domestic violence.