The voices of battered women in India

Subadra Panchanadeswaran, Catherine Koverola

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This study endeavors to give voice to marginalized, understudied women who were abused in India. The study included 90 women who were abused who were seeking help to address violence perpetrated against them by their husbands. A semistructured interview was used to collect data on abuse characteristics, consequences of abuse, and help-seeking behavior. Findings reveal that the vast majority of participants experienced daily abuse that was extremely severe, with 70% reporting they lived under the threat of murder. More than 85% reported needing medical care for their injuries. Respondents in this study sought help from a range of sources; the most effective help was provided by counseling centers and women's shelters. These findings have important implications for clinical practice and social policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)736-758
Number of pages23
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2005


  • Abuse and women's health
  • Abused women
  • Help seeking and efficacy
  • India

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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