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Dimension and Socio-demographic Correlates of Domestic Violence: A study from Northeast India


Present study was aimed to find out dimension and socio-demographic correlates of domestic violence in Assam, Sikkim and Meghalaya, Northeast India. Two districts from each state were selected at random and women aged 18–35 years from rural and urban localities were interviewed to obtain relevant information. The study included a total of 2249 participants (Rural = 1577 and Urban = 672) from Assam (650), Sikkim (1148) and Meghalaya (451). Domestic violence was recorded in 26.4% of study participants and highest in Meghalaya. Of all types, psychological violence was predominant. A number of socio-demographic factors have been identified as independent predictors for domestic violence in pooled and state specific analysis. Findings of our study may help in formulating strategies to prevent domestic violence.

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PKB was responsible for generation of hypothesis, coordination of field works and analysis. PKB and AK were responsible for manuscript writing. JM was the overall in charge of the study who guided, monitored the study, checked and corrected the manuscript.


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Borah, P.K., Kundu, A.S. & Mahanta, J. Dimension and Socio-demographic Correlates of Domestic Violence: A study from Northeast India. Community Ment Health J 53, 496–499 (2017).

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  • Domestic violence
  • Correlates
  • Northeast India
  • Assam
  • Sikkim and Meghalaya