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Demographic and Health Surveys Phase 8 (DHS-8): Domestic Violence Help-Seeking and Disclosure

The Demographic and Health Survey Phase 8 (DHS-8): Domestic Violence Help-Seeking & Disclosure includes 3 items from the Domestic Violence Module that assess help-seeking for and disclosure of violence victimization. These items assess whether the respondent has tried to seek help for any violence they may have experienced in their life, the type of person they sought help from, and whether they disclosed the violence to anyone. Navigational aspects (i.e. skip-out patterns and next question sequences) have not been included on this page but can be viewed on the original questionnaire located here.

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Geographies Tested: Afghanistan,Angola,Burkina Faso,Cambodia,Cameroon,Cote d'Ivoire,Ethiopia,Ghana,Guatemala,Guinea,Kenya,Madagascar,Mozambique,Myanmar (Burma),Nepal,Rwanda,Senegal,The Gambia,Zimbabwe

Populations Included: Female

Age Range: Adolescents, Adults

Items:

 1. Thinking about what you yourself have experienced among the different things we have been talking about, have you ever tried to seek help?

Response Options:
Yes
No

 2. From whom have you sought help? Anyone else? RECORD ALL MENTIONED.

Response Options:
Own family
Husband’sPartner’s Family
CurrentFormer HusbandPartner
Friend
Neighbor
Religious leader
DoctorMedical Personnel
Police
Lawyer
Social Service Organization
Other __ (specify)

 3. Have you ever told any one about this?

Response Options:
Yes
No

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Original Citation

Demographic and Health Surveys (2019). Demographic and Health Surveys: Domestic Violence Module https://dhsprogram.com/publications/publication-dhsq8-dhs-questionnaires-and-manuals.cfm

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