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Differentiating perceptions of intimate partner violence in Nepal
Authors: Bender AK, and Chalise N
Source: International Social Work, 61(1): 79-92; DOI: 10.1177/0020872815603787
Topic(s): Gender
Gender-based violence (GBV)
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
Women’s empowerment
Country: Asia
Published: JAN 2018
Abstract: Perception of domestic violence is a frequently used indicator of women's empowerment. It is, however, thought to be a binary variable, where women either justify wife beating or they do not. In the Nepal Demographic Health Survey, empowerment is 'high' if the woman answers no to one of five circumstances of wife beating. This study develops a Latent Class Analysis model to determine whether there are categories of women who endorsed some type of violence but not others. A more nuanced measure of perception of domestic violence would improve our understanding on women's empowerment. KEYWORDS: Demographic Health Survey; Nepal; empowerment; intimate partner violence; violence against women