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Sought help to stop violence: Helpline

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For women who had experienced physical or sexual abuse, DVHHELPLINE indicates whether they sought help from a helpline to stop that abuse.


DVHHELPLINE has no comparability problems.

Comparability - Standard DHS

DVHHELPLINE is not included in any phase of the standard DHS questionnaire, but it is based on a question included in Phase IV forward of the standard domestic violence module.


  • South Africa 2016: Women age 18-49 who were selected and interviewed for the domestic violence module, and who have experienced physical violence since age 15, while pregnant, or at any time from their current/former spouse/partner/boyfriend, or sexual violence at any time.
  • South Africa: 2016-W, 2016-C, 2016-B, 2016-W