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Prevalence and Correlates of Intimate Partner Violence against Women in Liberia: Findings from 2019–2020 Demographic and Health Survey

Independent Researcher, Karachi 75300, Pakistan
Academic Editor: Eusebio Chiefari
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(6), 3519; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063519
Received: 19 November 2021 / Revised: 26 February 2022 / Accepted: 6 March 2022 / Published: 16 March 2022
(This article belongs to the Section Women's Health)
Background: Intimate partner violence is a global public health crisis and a human rights issue. The objectives of the study were to conduct secondary analysis of the most recent Liberia Demographic and Health Survey (2019–2020) to determine the descriptive and analytical epidemiology of intimate partner violence (IPV) and its correlates in 15–49 year old ever-married women. Methods: Association of physical, emotional, sexual, and having experienced any type of IPV with 10 explanatory socio-demographic, attitudinal, and experiences were analyzed using simple and multiple logistic regression models. Results: 55.29% of women reported having ever experienced some form of IPV perpetrated by their current or most recent husband/partner, with the most common type being physical violence. Having been slapped, insulted, made to feel bad, and physically forced into unwanted sex were the most common types of physical, emotional, and sexual IPV. The multivariable analysis showed statistically significant association with IPV for number of living children, women’s acceptance of IPV, husband/partner’s use of alcohol, and having witnessed parental physical IPV. Conclusions: The prevalence of having experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence in Liberia was much higher than the prevalence for the WHO Africa region of 33%, highlighting the need for better women empowerment and gender equality in Liberia. View Full-Text
Keywords: intimate partner violence; women; Liberia intimate partner violence; women; Liberia
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Shaikh, M.A. Prevalence and Correlates of Intimate Partner Violence against Women in Liberia: Findings from 2019–2020 Demographic and Health Survey. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 3519. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063519

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Shaikh MA. Prevalence and Correlates of Intimate Partner Violence against Women in Liberia: Findings from 2019–2020 Demographic and Health Survey. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(6):3519. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063519

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Shaikh, Masood A. 2022. "Prevalence and Correlates of Intimate Partner Violence against Women in Liberia: Findings from 2019–2020 Demographic and Health Survey" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 6: 3519. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063519

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