Effect of Age at Marriage and Women’s Empowerment on Domestic Violence Experienced by Women in Some Selected States of India

In this paper we consider age at marriage to explain the risk of experiencing domestic violence by married women through some measures of women’s empowerment using data from NFHS-4 in India. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression is fitted to estimate the relative risk of experiencing domestic violence by women marrying at different ages. In the North and North Eastern region urban women marry later than rural women whereas in Kerala both urban and rural women marry at approximately the same age. Results show that women marrying between 18 – 25 years have a better status and less risk of experiencing domestic violence as compared to those married early or late in all the regions under study. Women who are involved in making household decisions have less risk reporting domestic violence and women who justify wife beating are at a higher risk of reporting domestic violence.