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A National Study of the Prevalence and Correlates of Domestic Violence Among Women in India
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Community Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Social Medicine and Public Health Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
2012 (English)In: ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, ISSN 1010-5395, Vol. 24, no 2, 265-277 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article estimates the national prevalence rate of domestic violence in India and examines the demographic and socioeconomic status of the victims of domestic violence. The study used the Indian National Family Health Survey 3, a cross-sectional national survey of 124 385 ever-married women of reproductive age from all the 29 member states. chi(2) Analysis and logistic regression were used. Lifetime experiences of violence among respondents were as follows: emotional violence, 14%; less severe physical violence, 31%; severe physical violence, 10%; and sexual violence, 8%. Women of scheduled castes and Muslim religion were most often exposed to domestic violence. Womens poorer economic background, working status, and husbands controlling behavior emerged as strong predictors for domestic violence in India. Elimination of structural inequalities inherent in the indigenous oppressive institutions of religion, caste, and the traditional male hierarchy in society could prevent domestic violence.

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SAGE Publications (UK and US) , 2012. Vol. 24, no 2, 265-277 p.
Keyword [en]
controlling behavior, India, physical violence, representative sample, sexual abuse, verbal abuse
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-77105DOI: 10.1177/1010539510384499ISI: 000302590100004OAI: diva2:524896
Available from: 2012-05-04 Created: 2012-05-04 Last updated: 2014-01-09Bibliographically approved

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