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Domestic violence in consanguineous marriages - Findings from Pakistan demographic and health survey 2012-13
Authors: Shaikh, M.A.
Source: Journal of Pakistan Medical Association, 66(10): 1319-1323
Topic(s): Domestic violence
Country: Asia
Published: OCT 2016
Abstract: Domestic violence is a pandemic and estimated to affect one in three women globally, in their lifetime. Marriages within blood relations in Pakistan are common. In this study a secondary analysis of Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey 2012-13 was done to study the prevalence and profile of domestic violence in the context of consanguineous marriages in Pakistan. Almost 65% of women had some kind of blood relationship with their husbands. Women having a blood relationship with husbands were more likely to report having ever been subjected to marital control behaviours, emotional and physical violence by their husbands, compared to ones without such relationship. However, these associations fail to reach statistical significance; underscoring the ubiquitous nature of marital control and violence. More effective public health education campaigns for just and equal treatment of wives by their husbands to speedily curb the scourge of domestic violence in the country are needed. Keywords: Abuse; Domestic; Pakistan; Violence