Domestic Violence and Women’s mental health in South India: Practices and Response

Domestic Violence and Women's mental health in South India: Practices and Response

Poster presentation251Moushumi Purkayasth Mukherjee, JIPMER, India

Jurriaanse FoyerFri 11:00 - 12:00

Background: Even though Indian Penal Code, Section 498(A) ensures Protection of Women from Domestic Violence-Act (PWDVA) which came into force in 2005, still violence exists and has accelerated due to poor response of formal system and Covid-19 pandemic in past 2 years. 1 in 4 women was struggling with domestic violence ( physical, emotional, sexual, financial).

Aim: To identify women in D.V. to measure the prevalence, effect and impact on mental health & to categorize them so as to provide consistent sound information for effective response in holistic manner.

Methodology: 100 married women (18-49 yrs), out of random sampling -500 participants screened on D.V. screening questionnaire in OBGYN. Scales used: DASS, KANSAS, IES-R, WHOQOL (Bref), Brief COPE.

Results: Data will be discussed in detail. Most women scored high on DASS, IES-R, low on WHOQOL, COPE & around average on KANSAS.

Conclusions: Supportive, CBT, formal Govt. policies, Psychiatry referrals will help.

covid19 mental health, women mental health
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