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Government Anti-Poverty Programming and Intimate Partner Violence in Ghana


We examine whether a government cash transfer program, paired with a health insurance premium waiver and targeted to pregnant women and mothers of young children in Ghana, reduced intimate partner violence (IPV). The evaluation took place in two northern regions and followed a 24-month longitudinal quasi-experimental design. Findings show significant decreases in the 12-month frequency of emotional, physical and combined IPV (0.09 – 0.12 standard deviations). Analysis of pathways indicate improvements in economic security and women’s empowerment may account for reductions in IPV. Results indicate a promising role for social protection in improving the lives of pregnant women and new mothers.


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Publication date: 2021

Author(s): Amber Peterman, Elsa Valli, Tia Palermo

Journal: Economic Development and Cultural Change

Page(S): 73

Language: English

Peer reviewed: YES