Domestic violence can have adverse effects on a woman’s health

Domestic violence is being viewed as a hidden epidemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to the latest National Family Health Survey around 30 per cent, women suffer from physical violence at home, though the actual number is predicted to be more


May 28 is observed as International Women’s Health Day. Doctors suggest that mental stress due to gender-based discrimination impacts many things like nutritional status, psychological well-being etc. Experts also point out that the root cause of many illnesses that a woman suffers from is how she is treated at home.

Dr Ramesh Bhosale, a gynaecologist from Pune shared a case study wherein the violence inflicted upon a woman, manifested itself as different health issues. While speaking about Sunanda, a 32-year-old survivor of domestic violence, Dr Bhosale said, “She came to see me as she was having irregular a menstrual cycle. When I examined her, she was suffering from malnutrition, back pain, and depression.”

He added, “After I counselled her for awhile, it was revealed that physical domestic violence and gender discrimination led to mental agony which ultimately was the root of all her health-related ailments. Detailed examination of many patients will reveal that in women domestic violence and discrimination are causes behind health ailments that they have.”

Women’s health refers to the branch of medicine that focuses on the treatment and diagnosis of diseases and conditions that affect a woman’s physical and emotional well-being.

Domestic violence is a major issue in India. Domestic violence is defined as acts of physical, psychological, and sexual violence against women.

Health is an important factor that contributes to human well-being and economic growth.

“Currently, women in India have to face numerous health issues, which ultimately affect the aggregate economy’s output. Addressing the gender, class or ethnic disparities that exist in healthcare and improving the health outcomes can contribute to economic gain through the creation of quality human capital and increased levels of savings and investment,” said Dr Abhijit More from the Jan Aarogya Abhiyan.