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Domestic violence and women’s health in India: evidence from health survey


  • Pandey, Manoj K.
  • Singh, Prakash
  • Yadav, Ram Ashish


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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  • Pandey, Manoj K. & Singh, Prakash & Yadav, Ram Ashish, 2008. "Domestic violence and women’s health in India: evidence from health survey," MPRA Paper 15957, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:15957

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    Domestic violence; health; prevalence rate;

    JEL classification:

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


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