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Impact of socio-demographic and economic factors on intimate partner violence justification among women in union in Papua New Guinea
Authors: Collins Adu, Bernard Yeboah-Asiamah Asare, Williams Agyemang-Duah, Emmanuel Brenyah Adomako, Amma Kyewaa Agyekum and Prince Peprah
Source: Archives of Public Health, Volume 80, issue 136; DOI:
Topic(s): Economics
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
Country: Oceania
  Papua New Guinea
Published: MAY 2022
Abstract: Background: Justification of intimate partner violence (IPV) has several implications, including reduced likelihood of help-seeking, increased experiences episodes of partner abuses, and poor health status and outcomes. However, in Papua New Guinea (PNG), where IPV is among the highest globally, little is known about factors influencing IPV justification among women in union. This study aimed at examining the prevalence of IPV justification and associated factors among women in union in PNG. Methods: Data from the nationally representative cross-sectional demographic and health survey conducted among women aged 15–49 years during 2016–2018 in PNG were used. In all 9,943 women aged 15–49 years who were married or cohabiting during the survey were included. Bivariate and multivariate logistic regressions were performed and the results reported as crude odds ratios (cOR) and adjusted odds ratios (aOR) with 95% confidence intervals (CI). Results: Overall, almost 7 in 10 women (68.9%, 95%CI:68.0–69.9) justified IPV. Multiple regression analysis revealed that co-habitation (aOR: 1.33, 95%CI: 1.17–1.50, p?