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Economic Violence and its Associated Factors on Filipina Women: Evidence from the 2013 and 2017 Philippines National Demographic and Health Survey

Economic violence is referred to as any act that controls a victim’s ability to acquire, use, and gain resources, which threatens the victim’s economic security. This type of violence against women has largely been neglected in most literature, despite intimate partner violence being one of the more pervasive social problems globally. Most empirical studies focus on physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, or a combination of these, necessitating the study of economic violence, particularly in low- and middle-income nations such as the Philippines.High-income countries showed a lower lifetime prevalence of economic violence given that these countries have better-developed protective laws, and economic ability and rights for women. Although other studies like Antai et al. (2014), Yount et al. (2016), Adams et al. (2015), and Asencios-Gonzales (2018) looked into the association between economic violence and other demographic and socioeconomic characteristics in a year and did not consider husband/partner’s alcohol consumption, we examine numerous factors that are associated with the occurrence of economic violence to women in the Philippines between two time periods. In the National Demographic and Health Surveys, the binary logistic regression model was applied to pooled cross-sectional weighted data from women aged 15 to 49 years old in the Philippines, in 2013 and 2017. The analysis of this study only includes weighted observations of women who are currently in a union. Results showed that economic violence is strongly associated with other forms of violence—physical, emotional, and sexual violence. Measures of socioeconomic inequalities and other explanatory variables have shown that having more children, lower educational attainment, and having a husband who drinks alcohol were significantly associated with increasing the odds of experiencing economic violence. This suggests that there is a need to address the factors that contribute to economic violence to put a stop to the prevalence of economic abuse against women in the Philippines.


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