Domestic violence

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Dr. Sonal Bathla
Dr. Priti Arora Dhamija
Dr. Praveen Kumar



Domestic violence is the use of physical, sexual, economic and/or emotion abuse by one person in an intimate relationship to establish power and control over the other person. It is the leading cause of injury to women aged 15 to 44 years and most of the cases go unreported. Approximately 1.3 million women and 8,35,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States. The spectrum extends from verbal abuse to honour killing. Dowry demand and desire for male child are few important causes in India. It affects all the family members. The management of domestic violence targets at ensuring wellbeing of the victims and prevention of their re-victimization. Caring for victims of domestic abuse/violence requires teamwork. There should be a combined effort from social services, law enforcement agencies and health care system. The obstetrician/gynecologists have a unique role, since many a times they serve as the primary care physicians for women who suffer domestic violence. They are therefore able to recognize and offer help to these women.

Published Dec 31, 2015

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