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

Asia Pac J Public Health. 2014 Mar;26(2):169-81. doi: 10.1177/1010539511426474. Epub 2011 Dec 20.


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.

Keywords: India; income; intimate partner; violence; women.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • India / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Marriage / statistics & numerical data*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Rural Population / statistics & numerical data
  • Sexual Behavior / statistics & numerical data*
  • Sexual Partners / psychology*
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Spouse Abuse / statistics & numerical data*
  • Urban Population / statistics & numerical data
  • Young Adult