Domestic violence in India, part 1

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A summary report of three studies

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Barbara Burton, Nata Duvvury, Anuradha Rajan, Nisha Varia

In 1997, ICRW began a three-year research program on domestic violence in India in partnership with researchers from a range of Indian academic and nongovernmental organizations.This report summarizes three studies: a household study by Leela Visaria that enumerates and elucidates trends of domestic violence in rural Gujarat and provides a backdrop to the intervention studies; and two studies, one by Nishi Mitra and the other by Veena Poonacha and Divya Pandey, that document and analyze the range of organized responses to domestic violence against women being implemented by the state and non-governmental sectors in India.

The full series provides an understanding of the degree of domestic violence being experienced by Indian women in a rural setting, the possible protective factors and the existing options available to women outside of family and friends. These reports also point to new directions for strategies to reduce domestic violence in India.

Other publications in the series:
Part 2: A Summary Report of Four Records Studies

Part 3: A Summary Report of a Multi-Site Household Survey

Part 4: Men, Masculinity and Domestic Violence in India

Part 5: Women-Initiated Community-Level Responses to Domestic Violence