Domestic Violence and Its Impact on Couple's Fertility Intention in India

Akhilesh Yadav , Banaras Hindu University
Minakshi Vishwakarma, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS)

This paper attempts to explore the prevalence of domestic violence against wife and its impact on future fertility intention. We used the latest round of the National Family Health Survey 2015-16 as it provides couple file. Percent distribution is used to full fill the objective. We also use kappa statistics to assess the agreement between spouses. Results show that the 23.8% of women experience any less severe violence and approximately 6% women experience severe and sexual violence. Results also indicate that the husband wants the lesser number of children to compare to wife. In the existence of less severe violence, more than 50% of the couple do not want more children as compared in the absence of violence. This proportion goes high in case of severe and sexual violence. Violence could affect both the victims and the culprit in many ways one is it could affect their future fertility intentions.

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 Presented in Session 10. Fertility, Family Planning, Sexual Behavior & Reproductive Health 2