Women's autonomy in India: The Demographic and Contextual Determinants of Domestic Violence
This thesis studies the relationship between women's autonomy and the incidence of violence against women, using India as a case study. A review of research conducted on the causes and motivation of aggressors, as well as characteristics that make women less susceptible to violence, will be developed here. The characteristics that contribute to the manifestation of domestic gender-based violence will also be presented. Statistical analysis will be used to test the hypothesis that women's autonomy is inversely correlated to the incidence of domestic violence. Women's autonomy is categorized by demographic features, religion, decision making authority, mobility, and contextual belief variables. Two dependent variables, whether woman was beaten since age 15 and whether woman has been beaten in the past 12 months, are used in two models here. Each model uses a probit approach. Autonomy variables are used to test whether and which of these characteristics will affect the incidence of beating.
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