Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 2522--2527

Mental health effects of domestic violence against women in Delhi: A community-based study


Kamlesh Kumari Sharma1, Manju Vatsa1, Mani Kalaivani2, Dayanand Bhardwaj3 
1 College of Nursing, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Biostatistics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Forensic Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Kamlesh Kumari Sharma
College of Nursing, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi - 110 029
India

Background: Domestic violence (DV) against women is an all-pervasive phenomenon considered to have serious health consequences for women. This study aimed to assess the association of DV against women with their mental health status. Materials and Methods: This community-based, cross-sectional study was carried out among 827 ever married women from Delhi selected through cluster sampling followed by systematic random sampling. Data were collected using structured and in-depth questionnaires. Mental health status was estimated using self-reporting questionnaire 20. Results: The prevalence of psychological, physical, sexual, physical, or sexual violence and any form of violence was very high. A quarter of the women (25.3%) reported unhealthy mental status (>8 score) in the past 4 weeks. Women who had experienced DV showed poor mental health status and more suicidal tendencies when compared with women who had not experienced violence. Conclusion: DV has significant effect on women's mental health underscoring the need to develop public health interventions.


How to cite this article:
Sharma KK, Vatsa M, Kalaivani M, Bhardwaj D. Mental health effects of domestic violence against women in Delhi: A community-based study.J Family Med Prim Care 2019;8:2522-2527


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Sharma KK, Vatsa M, Kalaivani M, Bhardwaj D. Mental health effects of domestic violence against women in Delhi: A community-based study. J Family Med Prim Care [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Jan 23 ];8:2522-2527
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