Determinants of Spousal Emotional Violence and Help Seeking Behaviour of Married Women in India

Violence is a global phenomena that kills over 1.6 million people each year, making it one of the major causes of death on the planet. No country is immune to violence; the vast majority of victims are from low- to middle-income countries, many of which are riven by internal strife. Spousal violence and intimate partner violence are the two most common forms of violence against women. Spousal violence is when one or both parties in a marriage commit acts of violence against each other. Physical, emotional, and sexual violence are the most common forms of violence. Confinement, verbal abuse, humiliation, intimidation, or any other treatment that may undermine a spouse’s sense of identity, dignity, or self-worth is considered spousal emotional violence. Emotional abuse leaves wounds that may not be evident to the naked eye, but the impact it has on the victim can be devastating. As far as study goes, emotional violence between spouses is a less well-traveled path. Furthermore, the law considers physical and sexual violence to be crimes against the individual, but does not consider emotional violence to be a criminal. As a result, the current study focuses on emotional abuse perpetrated by a husband against married women. With the help of an interview schedule administered among 208 married women through purposive sampling technique in Coimbatore, the Manchester of South India, the current study with a descriptive and diagnostic design aimed to find the prevalence rate, causes, effect of emotional violence, help seeking behaviours, and the association between spousal emotional violence and selected demographic variables. According to the conclusions of the study, 100 percent of the sample women are vulnerable to spousal emotional violence for a variety of reasons, including work difficulties, financial troubles for the spouse, unprepared food, and a drinking habit, among others. The majority of women do not seek counselling in order to overcome emotional violence.

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V. R. S. Kavitha

Department of Sociology, PSG College of Arts and Science, Avinashi Road, Civil Aerodrome Post, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India.

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