Perceptions of Options Available for Victims of Physical Intimate Partner Violence in Northern India

Maya Ragavan, Kirti Iyengar, Rebecca Wurtz

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Abstract

We used qualitative methodologies to understand perceptions regarding options available for victims of physical intimate partner violence (IPV) in northern India. We interviewed male and female community members along with IPV experts. Interviews were transcribed, coded, and analyzed using grounded theory. Participants emphasized that a victim of physical IPV should bear the violence, modify her husbands’ behaviors, or seek help from her natal family. Accessing external resources such as the police or nongovernmental organizations was viewed as both socially inappropriate and infeasible. These results have widespread implications and lay the foundation for the development of IPV prevention initiatives in India.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)652-675
Number of pages24
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 18 2015

Keywords

  • South Asia
  • intimate partner violence
  • semistructured interviews

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