Gender-based violence and mental health

Neerja Chowdhary and Vikram Patel

in Oxford Textbook of Women and Mental Health

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ISBN: 9780199214365
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199640454 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Gender-based violence and mental health

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Violence against women within the family is often described under the broad term of domestic violence. This encompasses various forms of violence and includes spousal abuse, bride burning or dowry-related violence, marital rape, forced prostitution, and denial of contraceptive use. Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a term used to describe violence that women experience in the context of an intimate relationship; IPV has unique significance in the lives of women due to its occurrence within what should have been a trusting adult relationship, and the shroud of secrecy and social isolation that are often an intrinsic part of this experience.

Chapter.  6505 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psychiatry

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