Understanding Domestic Violence

  • Meerambika MahapatroEmail author


Domestic violence has been a longstanding and ubiquitous public health and human rights concern, and an important constituent of women’s inequality. In the last two decades, research in the field of domestic violence has increased dramatically, enhancing public awareness and understanding of this serious social problem. Domestic violence is the most widely present common form of violence against women across the world and the most difficult to deal with, since it is perpetrated within the four walls of the home and family in privacy. Domestic violence is a multi-factorial problem with far-reaching socioeconomic and biomedical consequences, some of which are currently not very well understood. This chapter on domestic violence requires a multidimensional explanation of this problem in different social contexts and vulnerable populations. The focus of this chapter is on violence and abuse by men against women in a domestic sphere. It explores the intersection of domestic violence. The chapter presents a discussion on the concepts, forms, causes and the prevalence of domestic violence within global and national perspectives. The classification of domestic violence is merely a theoretical construct, as different types of violence are not easy to separate from one another. It seeks to explore the contextual framework and the multiplicity of factors that collectively construct domestic violence.


Domestic violence Cause Myths Misconceptions Prevalence Risk factor Abuse 


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  1. 1.National Institute of Health and Family WelfareNew DelhiIndia

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