Prevalence and Risk Factors of Domestic Violence among Mongolian Women

Oyunbileg, Shagdarsuren; Sumberzul, Nyamjav; Udval, Natsag; Wang, Jung-Der; Janes, Craig R.
November 2009
Journal of Women's Health (15409996);Nov2009, Vol. 18 Issue 11, p1873
Academic Journal
Aims: The purpose of this study was to investigate the prevalence and determinants of domestic violence in Mongolian women. Methods: The survey was administered to 5500 people in 1000 households randomly selected from two districts of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Results: The response rate was 90.3% (total of 4967, and 3338 were women.). About 37.7% of respondents reported that they were affected by some type of domestic violence during the previous 6 months; 17.9% of all respondents reported physical violence, 21.9% reported emotional violence, 10% reported sexual abuse, and 6.9% reported financial violence. Major risk factors for violence against women included having only a primary education or less, low income, living in a rented house, and living with an unemployed partner who uses alcohol. Conclusions: Domestic or intimate partner violence (IPV) is widespread in Mongolia and is usually committed in family circles, often away from public view. This study suggests that increasing employment for men may help reduce poverty and alcohol abuse and, thus, IPV.


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