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Is intergenerational transmission of violence a strong predictor of intimate partner violence? Evidence from Nepal

Bradley, Tamsin, Tanwar, Jagriti (2022) Is intergenerational transmission of violence a strong predictor of intimate partner violence? Evidence from Nepal. Journal of Asian and African Studies, . Article Number 0021909622. ISSN 0021-9096. E-ISSN 1745-2538. (doi:10.1177/00219096221141347) (KAR id:99107)

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Literature on women’s economic empowerment argues that women’s income builds resilience and leads to reduction in intimate partner violence (IPV). We challenge this by showing a positive (statistically) insignificant link between women’s economic status and IPV, but significant positive links between women’s economic contribution and IPV, and men’s intergenerational violent behaviour and IPV. Based on a sample of 553 married women drawn from Nepal, we find that paid or precarious work is positively but insignificantly associated with IPV. Findings however reveal that after controlling for other factors, women contributing equally or more to household income are significantly at higher risks of IPV. Similarly, if a man has witnessed domestic violence while growing up, he is more likely to commit violence within his own marriage. We therefore argue for the need to transform men’s attitude and behaviours through targeted programmes to break the cycle of violence.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/00219096221141347
Uncontrolled keywords: Violence against women, Nepal, intergenerational violent behaviour, OLS regression
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women > HQ1236 Women and the state. Women's rights. Women's political activity
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Funders: Department for International Development (
Depositing User: Milly Massoura
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2023 14:53 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 16:51 UTC
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