Economic violence and its health impacts among married women in an urban slum of Puducherry, South India – An exploratory study

Authors

  • Jyothi Vasudevan Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Puducherry https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1893-7558
  • Lalithambigai Chellamuthu Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Puducherry https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2799-4549
  • Aravainthkumar Muruthy Kavitha Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Puducherry
  • Thamizhmaran Sundararajan Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Puducherry https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4235-9754
  • Subhojit Dey DISHA Foundation, Nasik-Maharashtra https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9495-7409
  • Anjali Borhade DISHA Foundation, Nasik-Maharashtra

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47203/IJCH.2024.v36i02.021

Keywords:

Economic violence, Health impacts, Urban slums, Exploratory study, Puducherry

Abstract

Background: Economic violence prevails to be one of the unexplored domains of intimate partner violence. Objective: To explore the perceived forms of economic violence and its health impacts among married women in Puducherry. Methodology: A community-based exploratory study was conducted in urban slums in Puducherry. All married women aged 18 to 65 years belonging to low socio-economic status residing in two selected slums were included by purposive sampling. A total of seven focus group discussions were conducted till the point of saturation and manual content analysis done. Results: Four major themes emerged, namely: experiences of economic abuse, health impacts of economic abuse, perceived factors influencing economic abuse, and suggested preventive measures for economic abuse. Conclusion: Economic abuse against women in India exists in multiple dimensions. It has profound consequences on the physical and psychological health of women.

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Published

2024-04-30

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Vasudevan J, Chellamuthu L, Kavitha AM, Sundararajan T, Dey S, Borhade A. Economic violence and its health impacts among married women in an urban slum of Puducherry, South India – An exploratory study. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2024 Apr. 30 [cited 2024 Jul. 24];36(2):292-6. Available from: https://www.iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/2740

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