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Demographic and Health Surveys Phase 8 (DHS-8): Lifetime Experience of Forced Sex

The Demographic and Health Survey Phase 8 (DHS-8): Lifetime Experience of Forced Sex includes 2 items from the Domestic Violence Module that ask about any experience with forced sex. These items assess whether the respondent has experienced forced sexual intercourse or other unwanted sexual acts in their lifetime as well as the type of person who committed this violence. 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. At any time in your life, as a child or as an adult, has anyone ever forced you in any way to have sexual intercourse or perform any other sexual acts when you did not want to?

Response Options:
Yes
No
Refused to answerNo answer

 2. Who has forced you to have sexual intercourse or perform any other sexual acts that you did not want to? Anyone else? RECORD ALL MENTIONED

Response Options:
Fatherstep-father
Brotherstep-brother
Other relative
Current boyfriend
Former boyfriend
In-law
Own friendacquaintance
Family friend
Teacher
SchoolmateClassmate
EmployerSomeone at work
Policesoldier
PriestReligious Leader
Stranger
Other __ (specify)

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Not Applicable

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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