Thursday, January 13

Domestic Violence in Zambia

In Profiling Domestic Violence: A Muliti-Country Study, Sunita Kishor and Kiersten Johnson examine violence against women in 9 developing countries, one of which is Zambia.

Sadly, 48% of Zambian women reported spousal, physical, or sexual abuse -- the highest level of any of the 9 countries studied.

Kishor and Johnson look not only at violence against women, but also at how such violence affects children. They find that children of abused mothers are more likely to suffer health problems, and that infant and mortality rates are higher among women who have been victims of violence. Another interesting finding is that, in most countries, the highest rates of violence occur in moderately wealthy households and not among the poorest households.

It's a sobering report.