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Domestic violence means: Physical abuse

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DVMPHYS indicates whether the respondent believes physical abuse is a type of domestic violence.

Comparability — Index



In addition to universe differences, there are significant differences in question wording in DVMPHYS. See below for country-specific comparability.

Comparability – Standard DHS

DVMPHYS is a country-specific variable, and it is not included in any phase of the standard DHS questionnaire.

Comparability — Jordan [top]

The 2007 Jordan survey first asks an open-ended question about what the respondent considers violence against women. This is followed by a series of closed-ended (yes/no) questions asking whether the respondent considers specific actions to be violence against women. The 2007 Jordan survey includes "Beating" as a response category.

Comparability — Yemen [top]

The 2013 Yemen survey asks, "What is your understanding of domestic violence, does that mean: Physical abuse?"


  • Jordan 2007: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • Yemen 2013: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • Jordan: 2007-W, 2007-C, 2007-B, 2007-W
  • Yemen: 2013-W, 2013-C, 2013-B, 2013-W