Measuring Intimate Partner Violence in Mexico

Project Description

Psychological violence is the most prevalent form of intimate partner violence (IPV) against women in Mexico. In 2021, according to the National Representative Survey on the Dynamics of Household Relationships in Mexico (ENDIREH (2021)), 35.4% of women aged 15 or older reported having experienced psychological IPV in their current or previous relationship. This alarmingly high prevalence of psychological IPV emphasizes the urgent need to address it. Against this backdrop, we aim to identify the most relevant risk and protective factors of psychological IPV. To this end, based onTorres Munguía and Martínez-Zarzoso (2022), we use a machine learning algorithm and adopt an ecological aproach by including factors at the individual, relationship, community, and societal levels. The preliminary findings of our research reveal an elevated risk of psychological IPV for women exposed to violence in childhood. This increased risk applies likewise to women whose partners experienced or witnessed violence in childhood. Additionally, employed women face a higher risk of suffering from IPV than unemployed women. In contrast, decision-making autonomy and equitable household chore distribution correlate with lower IPV.

Contact Person(s)

Dr. Anna-Carolina Haensch
Clara Strasser Ceballos