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Factors Affecting Physical Violence against Women in Bangladesh
Authors: Rafiqul Islam, Rashed Alam, and Rabiul Islam
Source: International Journal of Advanced and Multidisciplinary Social Science, 1(1): 1-6; doi:10.5923/j.jamss.20150101.01
Topic(s): Gender-based violence (GBV)
Country: Asia
Published: FEB 2015
Abstract: Physical violence against women is an important issue along with various aspects of population problems. Violence against women is a worldwide plague that cause killings, tortures, and maims at physically, emotionally, sexually and economical levels. This article has been conducted on the issues associated with the physical violence against women using Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS) 2007 data. This study contains 4190 currently married women out of 10,146 ever married women, because the study is mainly related to physical violence. The aims of this study are to isolate which factors connected with the physical violence against women in Bangladesh. For this, ?2 test and logistic regression technique are used in the study. Findings indicate that women in the age group 15-24 are more likely to report ever having experienced physical violence, which is the highest (28.1%) number among all age groups. On the other hand, women who have experienced physical violence are the highest (22%) among no education group. The result revealed that the respondents who are involved to manual occupation are mostly physically victimized compared with the non-manual and unemployed respondents. Physical violence is directly related to the duration of marriage. It is observed on that about 20.9% of the respondents who get married before the age of 18 year’s experience physical violence. The number of living children has also been appeared as an influential factor for physical violence. Women having 3 and above children have experienced higher physical violence than those who have no children. Keywords: Physical violence, Socio-Demographic characteristics, ?2 test, Logistic regression technique and Bangladesh