Do Relative Status of Women and Marriage Characteristics Matter for the Intimate Partner Violence?

Kayaoğlu Yılmaz A.

JOURNAL OF FAMILY ISSUES, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

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  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0192513x211030030
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF FAMILY ISSUES


This article analyzes intimate partner violence (IPV) in a developing country context, namely, Turkey, which faces an enormous increase in femicide cases over the last decade. Analyzing a very rich nationwide representative survey on IPV, we show that it is not only the absolute status of women but also their relative status in terms of income and education that affects different types of domestic violence, ranging from emotional abuse to physical and sexual violence. Besides, factors related to marriage setting are found to have a significant role in the effect of women's superior status on IPV. Overall, we provide evidence to support the relative resource theory and invalidate the intra-household bargaining model in the Turkish case.