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Perception of Beninese on intimate partner violence: evidence from 2011-2012 Benin demographic health survey

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      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.


      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% (CI 95%) were estimated.


      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.


      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.

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            [1 ]Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Regional Institute of Public Health, Ouidah, Benin
            [2 ]Division of Health Promotion, Regional Institute of Public Health, Ouidah, Benin
            [3 ]Faculty of Health Sciences, Cotonou, Benin
            [4 ]Division of Health Promotion, Regional Institute of Public Health, Ouidah, Benin
            [5 ]Institute of Public health, Epidemiology and development, Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
            [6 ]Cotonou, Benin
            BMC Womens Health
            BMC Womens Health
            BMC Women's Health
            BioMed Central (London )
            16 August 2018
            16 August 2018
            : 18
            30115038 6097337 633 10.1186/s12905-018-0633-x
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            Obstetrics & Gynecology

            intimate partner violence, social perception, benin


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