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Labor Domestic Violence and Women's Health in India: Evidence from Health Survey


  • Manoj K. Pandey


  • Prakash Singh
  • Ram Ashish Yadav


This paper examines the effect of domestic violence on the health of ever-married women of reproductive age group in India. Micro-level National Family Health Survey (NFHS-III) data for the year 2005-06 has been used in the study. We employ disease, body mass index, under nutrition level and anemia as the measures of health and physical, emotional and sexual forms of domestic violence are used as indicators of domestic violence at both national and state levels. We find that domestic violence has negative impact on the overall women's health and nutritional status. However, national level results are not consistent with that of the states level. Based on the findings, we argue that the issue of domestic violence should be addressed in national and state level health policies and programmes.

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  • Manoj K. Pandey & Prakash Singh & Ram Ashish Yadav, 2009. "Labor Domestic Violence and Women's Health in India: Evidence from Health Survey," ASARC Working Papers 2009-13, The Australian National University, Australia South Asia Research Centre.
  • Handle: RePEc:pas:asarcc:2009-13

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    1. Bina Agarwal, 1997. "''Bargaining'' and Gender Relations: Within and Beyond the Household," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 3(1), pages 1-51.
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    Domestic violence; health; prevalence rate;

    JEL classification:

    • I00 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - General - - - General
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination

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