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SPOUSAL CONTROL

Attempts by husbands/partners to closely control and monitor their wives’ behaviour have been found to be important early warning signs and correlates of violence in a relationship. Controlling behaviours most often manifest themselves in terms of extreme possessiveness, jealousy, and attempts to isolate the woman from her family and friends.

To examine the degree of marital control by husbands of their wives, ever-married women were asked whether they had experienced any of the following five controlling behaviours by their husbands:
  • he is jealous or angry if she talks to other men;
  • he frequently accuses her of being unfaithful;
  • he does not permit her to meet her female friends;
  • he tries to limit contact with her family; and
  • he insists on knowing where she is at all times.
Because the combination of such behaviours is more significant than the display of any single behaviour, the proportion of women whose husbands display at least three of the specified behaviours is highlighted in the survey carried out by the DHS.

Women who are afraid of their husband most of the time are more likely than women who are never afraid of their husband to report that their husbands display at least three controlling behaviours (28 percent versus 9 percent).
2016 MIND THE GAP REPORT RANKINGS FOR SPOUSAL CONTROL



RANK
STATE
FEMALE POPULATION*
PROPORTION OF WOMEN WHO EXPERIENCED SPOUSAL CONTROL*
#1


2,560,351
16.9%
#2


2,714,626
29.2%
#3


2,596,948
31.7%
#4


1,882,608
32.3%
#5


2,138,995
36.6%
#6


1,971,093
39.5%
#7


3,695,066
42.7%
#8


3,361,990
45.2%
#9


2,753,513
45.8%
#10


2,271,254
48.4%
#11


1,582,919
50.3%
#12


2,560,312
53.3%
#13


1,168,191
54.8%
#14


2,306,300
55.4%
#15


2,608,370
56.3%
#16


1,871,180
56.5%
#17


1,563,951
57.2%
#18


4,021,828
60.6%
#19


5,905,280
60.9%
#20


1,430,758
62.5%
#21


1,671,845
64.8%
#22


2,195,595
65.1%
#23


1,739,725
67.9%
#24


2,586,400
68.1%
#25


1,864,674
71.3%
#26


5,725,807
74.7%
#27


2,492,536
77.8%
#28


2,614,598
79.7%
#29


2,756,631
80%
#30


3,654,092
80.1%
#31


1,153,744
80.7%
#32


1,910,050
88.6%
#33


1,891,333
93%
#34


1,357,355
93.7%
#35


2,990,947
96.7%
#36


1,322,158
97.1%
#37


1,390,123
100%


* - 2015 Estimates



Source:
National Bureau of Statistics
The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program
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