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Table 3 Legal knowledge by HIV status

From: Legal knowledge, needs, and assistance seeking among HIV positive and negative women in Umlazi, South Africa

Question   Total (n = 1480) HIV+(n = 571) HIV- (n = 909)
Do you think it is against the law for a man to beat his partner? 1434 (97) 552 (97) 882 (97)
If a woman is being beaten by her partner, can _______________ help the woman stop the beating? Police 1306 (88) 506 (89) 800 (88)
Court 470 (32) 188 (33) 282 (31)
Lawyer 362 (24) 139 (24) 223 (25)
Family 445 (30) 165 (29) 280 (31)
Elder, chief, etc. 379 (26) 152 (27) 227 (25)
No one 17 (1) 6 (1) 11 (1)
If a man and a woman have a child together, is it against the law if the man does not give the woman any money or support for the child? *** 1453 (98) 554 (97) 899 (99)
Is there anything the woman can do to make the man provide child support? *** 1414 (96) 538 (94) 876 (96)
What can she do? Obtain a maintenance order that requires the father of the child to pay 1010 (68) 382 (67) 628 (69)
Talk with family 82 (6) 34(6) 48 (5)
If a woman’s husband passes away, does the law allow her to receive his death benefits? 1333 (90) 508 (89) 825 (91)
If a man and a woman get divorced, is there a law that protects the woman if she wants to keep the child? 1060 (72) 392 (69) 668 (73)
If the male partner wants to take the children away but the female does not consent, how can the female stop him from taking the children? File for custody of her children. 786 (53) 306 (54) 480 (53)
Talk with relatives to stop partner from taking children 73 (5) 30 (5) 43 (5)
Does the law have a say in what happens to people’s possessions after they pass away? 1078 (73) 401 (70) 677 (74)
How can a person use the legal system to help make sure that their possessions go to right people after they pass away? Develop a will that specify what should happen to her things when she is gone*** 1207 (82) 449 (79) 758 (83)
Talk with her relatives to determine who should have her things when she is gone 198 (13) 80 (14) 118 (13)
  1. ***indicates significant difference in proportions by HIV-status where p < .05
  2. Data are expressed as No.(%)