Violence against women is an act that result, or are likely to result, in physical, sexual and psychological harm or suffering to a woman, including threats of such an act, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty whether occurring in public or private life.
This action against women in any form is a crime, regardless of who committed the violent act. It is always wrong, even if the abuser is a very close family member; a current or past spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend; an acquaintance or a stranger. Such negative action affects the lives of millions of women belonging to all socio-economic and educational classes. It cuts across cultural and religious barriers, impeding the right of women to participate fully in society. This takes a dismaying variety of forms, from domestic abuse and rape to child marriages and female circumcision. All are violations of the most fundamental human rights.
Problems faced by the girls / married women of adolescent group have become the rising concern of the society. This phase of life, which has been recognized as a special period in the life cycle requires specific and special attention. Adolescents are subject to many types of abuse including sexual exploitation due to their vulnerable nature and little knowledge they are acquiring by the time. As a result of this, they are not only at high risk for earlier pregnancy but also for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Even in developed countries, increasing violence results into unmarried adolescent mothers. Domestic violence doesn't stay home when its victims go to work. It can follow them, resulting in violence in the workplace. This type of violence is affecting employees especially both married and unmarried women. Violence in all its forms causes immense damage to the reproductive health and well being of women and girls throughout the world, in direct and indirect ways.
This study has focussed on finding out whether the adolescent married women are victims of violence; what are the types of violence and to find out whether violence affects the reproductive health of women.
The study reveals that 66.90 % of the respondents are facing ill treatment from their life partners. It is also noted that most of their partners are illiterate and drunkards. Abuse of women is very common in the rural areas especially in the tribal settlements. Analysis shows that, majority of the women who are facing sexual assault, beating by their male partners are suffering from reproductive health problems.