Violence-Related Coping, Help-Seeking and Health Care-Based Intervention Preferences Among Perinatal Women in Mumbai, India

Michele R Decker, Saritha Nair, Niranjan Saggurti, Bushra Sabri, Meghna Jethva, Anita Raj, Balaiah Donta, Jay G. Silverman

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Domestic violence is a significant public health issue. India is uniquely affected with an estimated 1 in 3 women facing abuse at the hands of a partner. The current mixed-methods study describes violence-related coping and help-seeking, and preferences for health care-based intervention, among perinatal women residing in low-income communities in Mumbai, India. In-depth interviews were conducted with women who had recently given birth and self-reported recent violence from husbands (n = 32), followed by survey data collection (n = 1,038) from mothers seeking immunization for their infants ages 6 months or younger at 3 large urban health centers in Mumbai, India. Participants described fears and other barriers to abuse disclosure, and there was a low level of awareness of formal support services related to violence. Qualitative and quantitative findings indicated that formal help-seeking is uncommon and that informal help sources are most frequently sought. Quantitative results revealed that, while few (

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1924-1947
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 2013



  • help-seeking
  • India
  • interventions
  • perinatal
  • violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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