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Single Mothers and Domestic Violence: Nature and Interventions


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Domestic violence is one of the biggest human rights violations that affect women all over the world regardless of their color, nationality or age. This problem has taken such a form that women appear to be as much at risk of facing violence inside of the home by a husband or partner, as they are outside by strangers. For that purpose, domestic violence is first not limited to acts of physical and sexual violence only, it also encompasses economic and emotional violence acts. Even women themselves often ignore the real meaning of domestic violence, believing that they are being subjected to "normal behavior". The issue of domestic violence is no more considered purely a private personal affair. It is being increasingly recognized as an aspect of human rights jurisprudence. The incidence of domestic violence is a widespread social phenomenon. It pervades across cultures and countries. Hence, violence against women and girls must not be interpreted merely "as an individual fate", but has to be recognized as systematic discrimination. Violence against women is the expression of a historical and traditional hierarchy of social values and unequal power relations between the sexes. Therefore, what is required is not only a strong legal support network but also opportunities for economic independence, essential education, awareness, alternative accommodation, a change in attitude and mindset of society, judiciary, legislature and the most important woman herself. Restructuring society, in terms of power and role relationship while emphasizing the egalitarian values, is the need of the hour. So, considering the inter-connections between the factors responsible for domestic violence a multi-layered strategies and interventions should be designed within a comprehensive and integrated framework

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Domestic Violence, Single Mother, Intervention.
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Sonam Dullat
Department of Psychology, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab, India
Sangeeta Trama
Department of Psychology, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab, India

Abstract


Domestic violence is one of the biggest human rights violations that affect women all over the world regardless of their color, nationality or age. This problem has taken such a form that women appear to be as much at risk of facing violence inside of the home by a husband or partner, as they are outside by strangers. For that purpose, domestic violence is first not limited to acts of physical and sexual violence only, it also encompasses economic and emotional violence acts. Even women themselves often ignore the real meaning of domestic violence, believing that they are being subjected to "normal behavior". The issue of domestic violence is no more considered purely a private personal affair. It is being increasingly recognized as an aspect of human rights jurisprudence. The incidence of domestic violence is a widespread social phenomenon. It pervades across cultures and countries. Hence, violence against women and girls must not be interpreted merely "as an individual fate", but has to be recognized as systematic discrimination. Violence against women is the expression of a historical and traditional hierarchy of social values and unequal power relations between the sexes. Therefore, what is required is not only a strong legal support network but also opportunities for economic independence, essential education, awareness, alternative accommodation, a change in attitude and mindset of society, judiciary, legislature and the most important woman herself. Restructuring society, in terms of power and role relationship while emphasizing the egalitarian values, is the need of the hour. So, considering the inter-connections between the factors responsible for domestic violence a multi-layered strategies and interventions should be designed within a comprehensive and integrated framework

Keywords


Domestic Violence, Single Mother, Intervention.