This policy brief provides a synthesis of available evidence of the magnitude of marital violence experienced by women, including married young women, in India, and the ways in which the experience of physical and sexual violence within marriage compromises health, with a focus on sexual, reproductive, and child health, as well as mental health. It argues for strengthening the health sector response to address the needs of women who have experienced marital violence. Findings underscore the urgent need to strengthen efforts to prevent the incidence of marital violence. Recommendations include: sscreening and referring women who experience marital violence, screening activities provided in a wide range of services, and addressing provider-level barriers.
Jejeebhoy, Shireen J., K.G. Santhya, and Rajib Acharya. 2010. "Health consequences of violence within marriage: Need for strengthening the health sector response," Policy Brief no. 2. New Delhi: Population Council and UNFPA.