Trends in Prevalence and Correlates of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in Zimbabwe, 2005–2015

Jeanette Mukamana
Pamela Machakanja, Professor
Nicholas Adjei , University of Bremen

Abstract This study investigated the trends in prevalence and correlates of intimate partner violence against women in Zimbabwe from 2005 to 2015 using Zimbabwe Demographic Health Surveys data. We used multiple logistic regressions and a hierarchical modeling approach to examine the relationships between sociodemographic characteristics, socioeconomic status, media exposure and intimate partner violence (IPV). We also estimated the prevalence of IPV over time. Overall, the result revealed that the prevalence of IPV decreased from 45.2% in 2005 to 41.1% and peaked again to 43.7% in 2010. Some of the risk factors associated with IPV were younger age, low economic status, cohabitation and rural residence. We however found that educational attainment of women was not significantly associated with IPV. The findings indicate that IPV is on the rise in Zimbabwe, and there is an urgent need for a multi-approach mechanism to address the issue. Keywords: IPV, Sociodemographic characters, Socioeconomic status, Media exposure, Women.

See extended abstract

 Presented in Session 4. Marriage, Family, Households, & Unions