Re-Examining Family Violence: Perception of Survivors from India
Research World, Volume IV, Published by GGP, West Bengal and SOSS, Agartala, India p. 92-137, August 2016
37 Pages Posted: 15 May 2017
Date Written: August 2016
Family Violence or domestic violence has been termed differently as domestic abuse, wife battering, intimate partner violence, intimate terrorism etc in national and international literature available on the subject. Domestic violence is qualitatively different from all other forms of violence women face within public spaces as it occurs in intimate relationship in private spaces by the person one is supposed to trust or love. However, within the North Indian context the term domestic violence has specific connotations as violence takes place within an explicit patriarchal familial, social and cultural context. Domestic violence in such situation is also multifaceted with its many dimensions. The specificity of this violence entails much more than a tyrant husband and a subjugated docile wife. A woman in the case of family violence in patriarchal society has to live within abusive situation over prolonged period and is expected to tolerate pain and suffering in order to `save the institution of marriage’. For a woman facing such violence entails living and sleeping with one’s enemy day in and day out. This paper reflects that such situation of violence goes beyond common explanations and examines it from the perspective of the survivor of abuse.
Keywords: Domestic Violence, Survivors, Family, India, Law, PWDVA, Women
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