Violence is widespread. It contributes very highly to illness episodes and results in poor quality of life.
Violence that women face is closely linked to their social status. It affects their health status as well.
We see violence against women as only a law and order problem. However, recent attention has been to focus on its implications on health. The morbidity and mortality resulting out of violence on women forms a large burden on the public health services as well. There is a need for health professional to develop an integrated approach to deal with cases of violence. Women who are victims of violence do not easily come forward and speak out, nor do they seek help. However, they almost always visit a health facility to seek relief for their pain.
By bringing to the fore the interlinkages between violence as a health problem, a social problem and a law and order problem an integrated approach to tackle violence could be designed to ensure that the individual woman receives justice, as well as to prevent the epidemic proportions of violence in our society.