DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2320-6012.ijrms20174945

Violence against women: a study on nature, prevalence and extent

Pushti V. Vachhani, Nishant R. Bhimani, Nishith B. Sutaria, Shyamal K. Purani, Girija P. Kartha

Abstract


Background: To study the nature, prevalence and extent of domestic violence against women in the study area.

Methods: The cross-sectional study was carried out in the urban and rural area of Surendranagar district of Gujarat. Total 600 ever married women of 15-49 years of age were selected for the study purpose. The self-administered questionnaire was used to gather all the information. Steps were taken up to maintain confidentiality.

Results: Out of total 600 women, 231 (38.5%) were victims of domestic violence in one form or the other. The analysis based on each form of violence discloses that about 83% were victims of psychological violence, about 54% of the victims had experienced physical violence, about 32% were victims of economical violence and about 24% were victims of sexual violence.

Conclusions: Husband was the frequent instigator of domestic violence. Psychological violence is the commonest form of violence experienced by the victims.


Keywords


Domestic violence, Economical violence, Physical violence, Psychological violence, Sexual violence

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