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Ever had a previous partner

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DVPREVPARTEV indicates whether the respondent has ever had a previous partner. A "previous partner" may refer to a previous partner for a woman who is currently single, or a prior partner for someone who is currently married, living with a partner, or who has a boyfriend.


DVPREVPARTEV has no comparability problems.

Comparability - Standard DHS

DVPREVPARTEV is a country-specific variable, and it is not included in any phase of the standard DHS questionnaire or domestic violence module.


  • South Africa 2016: Women age 18-49 who were selected and interviewed for the domestic violence module and have ever been married, lived with a partner, or had a boyfriend, and have not been married or lived with a partner more than once.
  • South Africa: 2016-W, 2016-C, 2016-B, 2016-W