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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 31-36

Domestic violence among ever married women of reproductive age group in a slum area of Kolkata


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Calcutta National Medical College, Kolkata, India
2 Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Midnapore Medical College, Paschim Medinipur, India
3 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Calcutta National Medical College, Kolkata, India
4 Professor and Head, Department of Community Medicine, Medical College, Kolkata, India
5 Professor, Department of Epidemiology, All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Kolkata, India
6 Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Medical College, Kolkata, India

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.96955

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Background: Domestic violence has serious impact on women's health and well-being. A nationwide survey conducted in India observed that 37.2% of women experienced violence after marriage. Objectives: To assess the prevalence of domestic violence among the ever married women in reproductive age group and to find out the types of domestic violence and factors associated with it. Materials and Methods: The study was a community based cross-sectional study, conducted in a slum area of Kolkata. Results and Conclusion: Overall prevalence of domestic violence was 54%, of which 41.9% suffered from both current and lifetime physical and psychological violence. Presence of property, higher per capita income and social support were protective factors against domestic violence, whereas alcohol addiction and multiple sex partners were the important contributory factors for it. The study recommended more social support, awareness and income generation for women in the slum areas.


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