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Intimate partner violence and women's help-seeking behaviour: Evidence from India
Authors: Paul, S.
Source: Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, 28(1): 53-82; doi: 10.1177/0260107915609818
Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
Country: Asia
Published: JAN 2016
Abstract: This study examines the role of socio-economic characteristics that influence a battered woman in India to either remain silent or approach someone for help in response to domestic violence. We investigate the influence of socio-economic factors on choosing between formal and informal sources of seeking help. The dataset used for the analysis is a nationally representative, community-based survey database-the National Family Health Survey-3 (NFHS-3). A logistic regression framework was used to analyze the data. The results suggest that education and economic empowerment play a crucial role in deciding whether to seek help to stop domestic violence. Women exposed to violence attempts utilize both formal and informal sources of help; however, informal sources of help are more popular compared with formal sources in India.