Domestic violence and forced sex among the urban poor in South India: Implications for HIV prevention

Suniti Solomon, Ramnath Subbaraman, Sunil S. Solomon, Aylur K. Srikrishnan, Sethulakshmi C. Johnson, C. K. Vasudevan, Santhanam Anand, Aylur K. Ganesh, David D. Celentano

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Abstract

This article examined the prevalence of physical and sexual violence among 1,974 married women from 40 low-income communities in Chennai, India. The authors found a 99% and 75% lifetime prevalence of physical abuse and forced sex, respectively, whereas 65% of women experienced more than five episodes of physical abuse in the 3 months preceding the survey. Factors associated with violence after multivariate adjustment included elementary/middle school education and variables suggesting economic insecurity. These domestic violence rates exceed those in prior Indian reports, suggesting women in slums may be at increased risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)753-773
Number of pages21
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume15
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2009

Keywords

  • Forced sex
  • HIV/AIDS
  • India
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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