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Journal of Anthropological and Archaeological Sciences

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A Review on Rights-Based Strategies in the Prevention of Domestic Violence Volume 3 - Issue 2

Pradeep Kumar Panda*

  • Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, India

Received: October 23, 2020   Published: December 11, 2020

Corresponding author: Pradeep Kumar Panda, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, India

DOI: 10.32474/JAAS.2020.03.000157


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This paper is an attempt to broaden the discussion about the prevention of domestic violence against women informed by a rights-based strategy. Specifically, the study discusses the critical elements of a human rights framework to reduce domestic violence, present research findings on the prevalence and correlates of domestic violence in intimate relationships and explore strategies for the prevention of domestic violence on the basis of research and analysis. The study suggests that domestic violence needs to be resituated in the broader social transformation of society and that domestic violence should be conceptualized as violation of a woman’s most basic right. The strength of a rights-based strategy is that it meshes formal treaty doctrines with grassroots activism and critiques of power. The study suggests that “right to housing” and “right to property and inheritance” are critical and most fundamental for any strategy in the prevention of domestic violence. Importance of immovable assets and social support is significant in making a difference to the incidence of violence, Changing norms of acceptability of violence in the family is critical to reduce inter-generational transmission of violence, Male attitudes and society’s attitudes also need to be changed in this regard. Since prevention of domestic violence requires fundamental changes in attitudes and behavior, it confronts societal and individual resistance to change, Support structures could be both within the family and from NGOs, SHGs etc., who can both help in changing attitudes and in helping women acquire immovable assets. This calls for creative community involvement, shared responsibilities, and collective action with the goals to challenge the patriarchal assumptions of power and control and entitlement to women.

Keywords: Domestic Violence; Women; Human Rights; Development; Gender Equality; SDG5

Abstract| Introduction| Evolving International Human Rights System| Rights-based Approach to Development| Domestic Violence as a Human Rights Issue| Legal Approaches to Domestic Violence| Links between Domestic Violence and Social and Economic Rights| Conclusions| References|


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