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Intimate Partner Violence among Women with Disabilities in Uganda

The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02453, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(6), 947;
Received: 10 January 2019 / Revised: 26 February 2019 / Accepted: 14 March 2019 / Published: 16 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Disability and Global Health)
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Violence against women with disabilities is pervasive, yet a paucity of research examines intimate partner violence (IPV) experienced by women with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries. The purpose of this study is to document the prevalence and consequences of IPV exposure among Ugandan women with disabilities. Cross sectional data from the 2011 and 2016 Uganda Demographic and Health Surveys (UDHS) were used to study married and/or partnered women aged 15–49 who answered specific questions about lifetime intimate partner violence (N = 8592). Univariate and multivariate logistic regression models were used to investigate the relationship between disability, IPV, and indicators of maternal and child health. Compared to women without disabilities, women with disabilities were more likely to experience lifetime physical violence (odds ratio (OR) 1.4, p < 0.01), sexual violence (OR = 1.7, p < 0.01), and emotional abuse (1.4, p < 0.01) after controlling for sociodemographic and household characteristics. Study findings suggest that women with disabilities in Uganda may experience increased risk for IPV compared to women without disabilities, with concomitant risks to their health and the survival of their infants. Further research examining the prevalence and correlates of IPV in low- and middle-income countries is needed to address the needs and rights of women with disabilities. View Full-Text
Keywords: intimate partner violence; disability; maternal; reproductive health; low- and middle-income country intimate partner violence; disability; maternal; reproductive health; low- and middle-income country
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Valentine, A.; Akobirshoev, I.; Mitra, M. Intimate Partner Violence among Women with Disabilities in Uganda. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 947.

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