Global attention to violence against women has increased significantly over the last decade. The recent United Nations General Assembly resolution called upon member states to intensify their efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women. In India, policies and programs have increasingly focused on preventing violence against women and supporting women who experience such violence. While several studies in India have highlighted the widespread prevalence of physical and sexual violence within marriage, little is known about violence within marriage among young people and the health consequences of those experiences for young women. This policy brief documents the perceptions of married young people in Tamil Nadu on wife beating, the magnitude of violence within marriage among them, and the associations between such experiences and adverse health outcomes for young women, and argues that sexual and reproductive health programs must address violence within marriage as a matter of rights and health.
International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) and Population Council. 2009. "Violence within marriage among young people in Tamil Nadu," Youth in India: Situation and Needs Policy Brief no. 12. Mumbai: IIPS.
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