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Intimate Partner Violence Approval in South Africa: Evidence from the 2016 Demographic and Health Survey
Authors: Kwamena Sekyi Dickson, Abdul-Aziz Seidu, Sebastian Eliason, Florie Darteh, and Eugene Kofuor Maafo Darteh
Source: Global Social Welfare, Volume 8; DOI:
Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
Rural-urban differentials
Country: Africa
  South Africa
Published: MAY 2021
Abstract: This study sought to examine the endorsement of wife beating among both males and females in South Africa using data from the 2016 South Africa Demographic and Health Survey. The samples for this study included 8,333 women and 3,541 men in South Africa. Both descriptive (frequencies and percentages) and inferential statistics (logistic regression) analysis were conducted. Both men (AOR?=?2.21; CI?=?1.60–3.05) and women (AOR?=?1.50; CI?=?1.20–1.87) aged 15–24 had higher probabilities of approving wife beating. Men (AOR?=?3.43; CI?=?1.86–6.29), and women (AOR?=?1.80; CI?=?1.16–2.77) within the poorest wealth status had a higher likelihood of approving wife beating. Rural men had a higher likelihood of approving wife beating compared to those from the urban areas. Men with no education (AOR?=?3.58; CI?=?1.61–7.96), primary (AOR?=?5.88; CI?=?3.24–10.63) and secondary (AOR?=?3.20; CI?=?1.85–5.54) had a higher likelihood of approving wife beating compare to those with higher/tertiary level of education. The study draws the attention of policymakers and other stakeholders in South Africa to place more attention and priority on rural men and those with low levels of education when designing and implementing policies and programs to address wife beating. There is also a need for targeted efforts aimed at educating community leaders, heads of households and men about the negative consequences of wife beatings and domestic violence in general.