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Perception of Beninese on Intimate Partner Violence: Evidence from 2011-2012 Benin Demographic Health Survey
Authors: Alphonse Kpozehouen, Noël Moussiliou Paraïso, Yolaine Glèlè Ahanhanzo, Elvyre Klikpo, Charles Sossa Jérôme, Laurent T Ouédraogo, and Roger Salamon
Source: BMC Women's Health, 18(1): 140; DOI: 10.1186/s12905-018-0633-x
Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
Country: Africa
Published: AUG 2018
Abstract: Background: Violence against women remains an important issue of inequality in African societies, with several consequences to health, social and economic status. This study aims to identify the factors related to the perception of intimate partner violence in Benin. Methods: Data on intimate partner violence was collected by conducting live interviews, and from the Benin Demographic and Health Survey 2012. The dependent variable was acceptance of intimate partner violence. The independent variables were socio-demographic features such as age, level of education, matrimonial status, ethnicity, religion, place of residence and the index of economic well-being. Logistic regressions were performed and odds ratios (OR) with a confidence interval of 95% (CI95%) were estimated. Results: Among the 21,574 people who answered the questions relating to violence against women by an intimate partner, the prevalence of acceptance of intimate partner violence was 15.77%. Ethnicity, level of education, administrative department of residence, religion, and socio-economic quintile were factors associated with the respondents' acceptance of violence against women by an intimate partner. Conclusion: Acceptance of intimate partner violence could be a major obstacle to the success of some health programs. There is a need to break the norms that support the vulnerability of women in Beninese society. Keywords: Benin; Intimate partner violence; Social perception.