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Sought help to stop violence: Shelter

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DVHSHELTER indicates whether the woman sought help from a shelter to stop the abuse.


Apart from universe differences and slight differences in question wording, DVHSHELTER has no comparability problems.

Comparability – Standard DHS

DVHSHELTER is a country-specific variable, but it is part of a series on help sought for abuse, which is included in the standard domestic violence module for Phase IV forward.


  • Pakistan 2017: Ever-married women age 15-49 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 husband, or sexual violence at any time.
  • South Africa 1998: Women age 15-49 who have ever sought help for beatings or other mistreatment.
  • Pakistan: 2017-W, 2017-C, 2017-B
  • South Africa: 1998-W, 1998-C, 1998-B