Awareness, Prevalence and Coping of Domestic Violence among Women School Teachers

  • S V S J Arul Mari Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Madurai Institute of Social Sciences, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • J Raja Meenakshi ICSSR, Post Doctoral Fellow, Department of Social, Work Central University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvarur, Tamil Nadu, India
  • J Selva Malar Assistant Professor, Department of English, NMSS Vellaichamy Nadar College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Keywords: Abuse, Family, Health, Prevalence, Teachers, Violence, Women


Domestic violence is a normal activity in Indian society, where violence at home is considered part and parcel of life. Women have been imbibed in their minds from childhood not to discuss domestic violence in a public forum as it would bring shame to the family. Domestic violence is interpersonal violence that has shattered the lives of millions of Indian women despite their education and social status. School Teachers in rural India play a predominant role in building the nation by educating the life skills of the young generation. The study aims to find out the Awareness, Prevalence and coping of Domestic violence among the women School Teachers in Madurai district of Tamil Nadu and finds the association between domestic violence and selected socio-demographic variables. It is a descriptive study, and a Self- prepared questionnaire was administered to 80 women school teachers of Private schools. The results reveal that only 2.5 per cent of them have a high level of awareness about domestic violence and 68 per cent are not ready to share with anyone about the violence faced by them in house. It is the least focussed issue in Indian society. The study states that it is the need of the hour of the state and non Government organisations to address this problem as a public health issue to save the physical and mental health of women.

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