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Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the Capital Province of Sri Lanka: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Help Seeking
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health.
2011 (English)In: Violence against Women, ISSN 1077-8012, E-ISSN 1552-8448, Vol. 17, no 8, 1086-1102 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents findings from a cross-sectional community survey exploring intimate partner violence (IPV) against women in the Western province of Sri Lanka. Findings show that lifetime prevalence of physical violence (34%), controlling behavior (30%), and emotional abuse (19%) was high and the prevalence of sexual violence was low (5%). Young women and those with partners who abused alcohol/drugs and had extra-marital affairs are at increased risk of violence. Although living in a patriarchal society, low prevalence of child marriages and lack of dowry-related violence could be to Sri Lankan women's advantage relative to their Asian counterparts in preventing IPV.

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2011. Vol. 17, no 8, 1086-1102 p.
Keyword [en]
intimate partner violence, Sri Lanka
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Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-159489DOI: 10.1177/1077801211417151ISI: 000294895500008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-159489DiVA: diva2:445163
Available from: 2011-10-03 Created: 2011-10-03 Last updated: 2011-10-03Bibliographically approved

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