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Women’s Attitudes Towards Wife-beating in Tanzania: Evidence from the 2015/16 National Demographic and Health Survey

Magashi Joseph, Neema Msenda


Approval of wife-beating implies a continuous women victimisation which affects their health, wellbeing, and their involvement in productive activities in the economy. The study intends to investigate socioeconomic determinants of approval of wife-beating in Tanzania. The analysis uses cross-sectional data of a representative sample of 5,889 married women from the 2015/16 Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey. Result shows that about 60% of married women approve wife-beating from their partners/husbands in Tanzania. Further, multivariate logistic regression estimates reveal that approval of wife-beating is negatively associated with women involvement in decision-making, household economic status, women’s and partner’s education, and women media access. On the other hand, partner’s or husband’s drinking of alcohol is positively associated with approval of wife-beating. These findings provide several policy implications towards reversing the chronic acceptance of wife-beating attitudes in Tanzania. Foremost, there is a need for women to be empowered through access to media, education, and employment as it decreases the likelihood of the attitude of accepting wife-beating. Further, women economic empowerment must be embraced to inculcate gender balance, and lastly a combination of awareness raising and strict application of laws against wife-beating need to be instituted to redress the problem in Tanzania.


Intimate partner violence, gender-based violence, attitude, wife-beating, Tanzania

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