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Wife battery: Preliminary survey of fifty one cases and literature review

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C Nandasiri ,

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Teaching Hospital Karapitiya, Galle, Sri Lanka
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R Ruwanpura,

LK
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Teaching Hospital Karapitiya, Galle, Sri Lanka
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P Senerath

LK
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Teaching Hospital Karapitiya, Galle, Sri Lanka
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Abstract

Introduction: This paper presents wife battery in Southern region of Sri Lanka, as a part of a worldwide phenomenon. Due to hidden nature of the problem accurate statistics are hard to come out by victims.

Methods: This was a two-year prospective study to determine the prevalence of domestic violence against women and its associated features in cases presented to Teaching Hospital Karapitiya, Galle, commencing November 2008. The present paper deals with preliminary survey of 51 cases investigated at our unit up to July 2009.

Results: There had been 2400 cases admitted to casualty wards of the Karapitiya Hospital with medico-legal references from the police stations in Southern Province, during this period and 51 women out of the total number who complained of physical assault by their husbands were interviewed. The majority victims had presented with bruising, often together with other injuries such as lacerations and fractures. The higher prevalence of violence was observed in families with problems of chronic alcoholism and other anti-social habits. The educational standards of both wives and husbands spanned over a wide range from primary schooling to university level. The study revealed a significant association between the level of husband's education and incidence of violence against the women. The impact of the husband's job and economic status of the family on frequency of domestic quarrel was also observed. We observed that the victims of wife battery did not always leave the abusive environment probably because of lack of family and community support.

Conclusion: Wife battery has clear associations and these can be used in recognizing high risk family situations. Wife battery must be discouraged through litigation, general education and economic empowerment of women.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/gmj.v19i2.7910

Galle Medical Journal 2014 19(2): 18-22

How to Cite: Nandasiri, C., Ruwanpura, R. & Senerath, P., (2015). Wife battery: Preliminary survey of fifty one cases and literature review. Galle Medical Journal. 19(2), pp.18–22. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/gmj.v19i2.7910
Published on 11 Jan 2015.
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