Correlates of intimate partner physical violence among young reproductive age women in Mysore, India

Purnima Madhivanan, Karl Krupp, Arthur Reingold

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Few studies have examined intimate partner physical violence (IPPV) in south India. This article examines the frequency and correlates of IPPV among 898 young married women from urban, rural, and periurban areas of Mysore, India. Most (69.2%) of the participants were Hindus and 28.7% were Muslims. Overall, 50% of participants reported some type of IPPV. Factors that were independently associated with IPPV included being younger than 18 years at the time of marriage, contributing some household income, having anal sex, reporting sexual violence, and having a sex partner who drinks alcohol and smokes cigarettes. Women with skilled occupation were at reduced odds of experiencing IPPV compared with women who did not work. These findings suggest that IPPV is highly prevalent in this setting and that additional interventions are needed to reduce morbidity particularly among young women. These data also suggest that more studies are needed among men who perpetrate IPPV in south India.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-181
Number of pages13
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • India
  • income
  • intimate partner
  • violence
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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