Author(s): Jayasuriya V, Wijewardena K, Axemo P
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Abstract This article presents findings from a cross-sectional community survey exploring intimate partner violence (IPV) against women in the Western province of Sri Lanka. Findings show that lifetime prevalence of physical violence (34\%), controlling behavior (30\%), and emotional abuse (19\%) was high and the prevalence of sexual violence was low (5\%). Young women and those with partners who abused alcohol/drugs and had extra-marital affairs are at increased risk of violence. Although living in a patriarchal society, low prevalence of child marriages and lack of dowry-related violence could be to Sri Lankan women's advantage relative to their Asian counterparts in preventing IPV.
This article was published in Violence Against Women
and referenced in Arts and Social Sciences Journal