Risk Factors for Severe Intimate Partner Violence and Violence-Related Injuries Among Women in India

Bushra Sabri, Lynette M. Renner, Jamila K. Stockman, Mona Mittal, Michele R Decker

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Relying on an ecological framework, we examined risk factors for severe physical intimate partner violence (IPV) and related injuries among a nationally representative sample of women (N = 67,226) in India. Data for this cross-sectional study were derived from the 2005-2006 India National Family Health Survey, a nationally representative household-based health surveillance system. Logistic regression analyses were used to generate the study findings. We found that factors related to severe physical IPV and injuries included low or no education, low socioeconomic status, rural residence, greater number of children, and separated or divorced marital status. Husbands' problem drinking, jealousy, suspicion, control, and emotionally and sexually abusive behaviors were also related to an increased likelihood of women experiencing severe IPV and injuries. Other factors included women's exposure to domestic violence in childhood, perpetration of IPV, and adherence to social norms that accept husbands' violence. Practitioners may use these findings to identify women at high risk of being victimized by severe IPV or injuries for prevention and intervention strategies. Policies and programs that focus on empowering abused women and holding perpetrators accountable may protect women at risk for severe IPV or injuries that may result in death.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-300
Number of pages20
JournalWomen and Health
Volume54
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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Violence
India
Wounds and Injuries
Spouses
Jealousy
Battered Women
Domestic Violence
Divorce
Family Health
Marital Status
Health Surveys
Social Class
Drinking
Intimate Partner Violence
Cross-Sectional Studies
Logistic Models
Regression Analysis
Education
Health

Keywords

  • India
  • injuries
  • intimate partner
  • physical violence
  • women

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  • Medicine(all)

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Risk Factors for Severe Intimate Partner Violence and Violence-Related Injuries Among Women in India. / Sabri, Bushra; Renner, Lynette M.; Stockman, Jamila K.; Mittal, Mona; Decker, Michele R.

In: Women and Health, Vol. 54, No. 4, 2014, p. 281-300.

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Sabri, Bushra ; Renner, Lynette M. ; Stockman, Jamila K. ; Mittal, Mona ; Decker, Michele R. / Risk Factors for Severe Intimate Partner Violence and Violence-Related Injuries Among Women in India. In: Women and Health. 2014 ; Vol. 54, No. 4. pp. 281-300.
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