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A Cross Sectional Study on Domestic Violence Following Alcohol Consumption against Women Residing in Rural Area of Tamil Nadu

Author:Hanitha Rajasekar, Venmathi Elangovan

Keywords:Domestic violence, cycle of abuse

Type:Original Article

Abstract:"Introduction: Domestic violence is the wilful intimidation, physical as-sault, battery, sexual assault, and or other abusive behaviour as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. From pre-vious studies alcohol is most im-portant cause for domestic violence among intimate partner. Women experiences domestic violence relat-ed to alcoholism in her lifetime not only because of intimate partners but also from their close family members. Objectives: To identify the preva-lence of various forms of domestic violence among women living in rural areas of Tamil Nadu. Methodology: A cross sectional study was done in rural field prac-tice area of Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu. It was completed in duration of 4 months. Multistage sampling method was used for selection of study population and WHO stand-ardized questionnaire was used. Results: The prevalence of various forms of domestic violence against women related to alcoholism was reported as 6.9% physical abuse, 13.9% mental abuse and 15.8% both physical and mental abuse. Conclusion: Alcohol not only affects the abuser but also leaves behind an irreplaceable loss to his family members. It is an agent which caus-es unintentional injuries which can be preventable by initiating an ap-propriate health awareness pro-gram in the community"