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Domestic Violence

We aim to see the transformation of India into a safe, peaceful, and encouraging place for women and girls by empowering women and families with the awareness, education, and support they need to become agents of change in their communities. This effort requires a comprehensive approach to ending domestic violence. 

India’s reality The signs Your rights Resources

India’s Reality

India is the most dangerous place in the world to be a baby girl. Indian girls aged 1 to 5 are 75% more likely to die than boys. This is the worst gender disparity in child mortality of any country in the world. Find out more about what leads to domestic violence. 

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How to recognise domestic violence

The signs of violence

2 in 3 women who are abused never tell anyone about it. If you believe someone you know is in an abusive situation, here are some signs to look out for:

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Injuries

Face, hands or back are broken, swollen or purplish in colour. Watch also for head injuries or burn marks.

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Disturbances

Screams, shouts or sounds of beatings. Signs of fear, or frequent crying and inability to eat.

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Mental Health

Despair, depressive mood, suicidal behaviour, low self esteem, strong feelings of guilt and a sense responsibility for the violence.

Your legal rights

What is the Domestic Violence Act?

The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (2005) aims to restore a woman to a position of equality within the home. Our challenge today is to grow awareness of the Act and how it helps women and girls, and to support them as they take action. 

Read the Act

Resources

For more information about how to identify and respond to domestic violence, look into our resource library.

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