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Purendra Prasad, Amar Jesani, and Sujata Patel

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199482160

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199482160.001.0001

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Violence against Women as a Health Care Issue

Violence against Women as a Health Care Issue

Perceptions and Approaches

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(p.286) 13 Violence against Women as a Health Care Issue
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Sangeeta Rege

Padma Bhate-Deosthali

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199482160.003.0014

Women often approach health facilities to seek treatment for health consequences emerging out of violence. Health facilities are also mandated by several laws in India to play a therapeutic and forensic role in responding to women facing violence. Despite India being a signatory to international treaties, health professionals are unable to respond to violence owing to their own biases and misconceptions related to the issue. The chapter discusses the prevalence of violence against women, the resultant health consequences, and perceptions of health professionals towards this violence. While doing so the chapter raises concerns about the lack of institutionalised health care response and draws attention to the policy gaps that keeps the government from committing itself to ending all forms of violence against women.

Keywords:   Violence against women, Prevalence, Survivors, Health Policy, Institutionalized Health Care, Health Interventions

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