Motives and Characteristics of Domestic Violence Homicides and Suicides Among Women in India

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Domestic violence homicides and suicides are significant causes of deaths among women in India. This study examined characteristics and motives of various types of domestic violence-related homicides and suicides (n = 100) in India using newspaper reports (2011–2012). The majority of victims were found to be young women, mostly killed by burning or strangulation methods. The most frequently reported motive was dowry demands followed by a history of domestic violence or harassment and family conflict. The findings highlight the need for stronger prevention/intervention programs in India to identify and intervene with women at high risk for being killed or committing suicide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)851-866
Number of pages16
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 3 2015


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  • Health Professions(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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