Microfinance Participation and Domestic Violence in Bangladesh: Results From a Nationally Representative Survey

Nadine Shaanta Murshid, Ayse Akincigil, Allison Zippay

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This article examines domestic violence among women who participate in microfinance in Bangladesh. Secondary analysis of survey data from nationally representative Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey was used to investigate the association between microfinance participation and domestic violence of 4,163 ever-married women between the ages of 18 and 49 years. Outcome measure is experience of domestic violence as measured by a modified Conflict Tactics Scale (CTS) and predictor variables include microfinance, binary indicator of relatively better economic status, autonomy, decision-making power, and demographic variables. The likelihood of experiencing domestic violence was not found to vary with microfinance participation. However, the interaction effect of microfinance and better economic status was found to be significantly associated with domestic violence (9% increased probability). Experience of domestic violence was negatively associated with older age, higher education of the husband, and autonomy. In Bangladesh, microfinance participation may be associated with a higher probability of experiencing domestic violence for women with relatively better economic status, but not for the poorest of the poor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1579-1596
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


  • cultural contexts
  • domestic violence
  • intervention/treatment
  • social policy
  • unintended consequences


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