Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 28, Issue 8, pp 771–781 | Cite as

Factors Influencing Domestic and Marital Violence against Women in Ghana

  • Eric Y. Tenkorang
  • Adobea Y. Owusu
  • Eric H. Yeboah
  • Richard Bannerman


Using the most recent version of the Ghana Demographic and Health Survey and employing complementary log-log models, this study examined the causes of both physical and sexual violence among married women in Ghana. Results indicate that wealth and employment status that capture feminist explanations of domestic violence were not significantly related to both physical and sexual violence. Education was however, related to physical violence among Ghanaian women. Women who thought wife beating was justified and those who reported higher levels of control by their husbands had higher odds of experiencing physical and sexual violence. Also, compared to those who had not, women who witnessed family violence in their lives were significantly more likely to have experienced physical and sexual violence.


Ghana Marital violence Demographic and health survey Women Culture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Y. Tenkorang
    • 1
  • Adobea Y. Owusu
    • 2
  • Eric H. Yeboah
    • 3
  • Richard Bannerman
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of SociologyMemorial UniversitySt JohnCanada
  2. 2.Institute of Statistical Social ResearchUniversity of GhanaLegonGhana
  3. 3.Department of Sociology and Social WorkKwame Nkrumah University of Science & TechnologyKumasiGhana
  4. 4.Department of AccountancyTakoradi PolytechnicTakoradiGhana

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