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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 132-134

Possible psychosocial strategies for controlling violence against women

1 Department of Psychiatric Social Work, RINPAS, India
2 Department of Clinical Psychology, RINPAS, India
3 Department of Psychiatry, RINPAS, India

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Sapna Kumari
Department of Psychiatric Social Work, RINPAS
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-6748.62275

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Women, the fair sex, are considered to be the weaker sex and one of the most powerless and marginalized sections of our society. Violence against women and girls continues to be a global epidemic. It is present in every country, cutting across boundaries of culture, class, education, income, ethnicity and age. A growing body of research studies indicates that 20% to 50% (varying from country to country) of women have experienced domestic violence. A multilayered strategy that addresses the structural causes of violence against women is needed. Strategies and interventions attempting to address violence against women should be guided by 5 underlying principles: Prevention, protection, early intervention, rebuilding the lives of victims/survivors and accountability. When planning interventions, there are a variety of stakeholders who should be borne in mind. Key areas for intervention include encouraging women empowerment; advocacy and awareness raising; education for building a culture of nonviolence; encouraging active participation of women in political system; resource development; direct service provision to victims, survivors and perpetrators; networking and community mobilization; direct intervention to help victims/survivors rebuild their lives; legal reform; monitoring interventions and measures; early identification of 'at risk' families, communities, groups and individuals; and data collection and analysis.

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