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International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health

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Experience of violence amongst female medical and nursing students and their perception regarding violence against women in Delhi, India

Nitika Gautam / Tanu Anand
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Published Online: 2017-11-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2017-0130



Health care providers are often the first point of contact for the victims of violence against women (VAW). Therefore, it is important to understand their perception about VAW.


To assess the proportion of female medical students who experienced violence, and elicit their perception regarding the same.


It was a cross-sectional study undertaken among 50 medical and 50 nursing students of a medical college in Central Delhi. A self-administered, questionnaire was used for data collection.


Of the total, 18% had experienced molestation while 77% had experienced eve-teasing during their lifetime. But, only 2% reported the incident to police. Perception regarding the victim’s role and self-determination was favorable amongst the female students. However, only 39% knew some basic self-defense techniques.


The proportion of students who experienced eve-teasing in their lifetime was high. The study highlighted the need to make the female students more pro-active and competent in terms of tackling violence.

Keywords: attitude; gender based violence; health providers


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About the article

Received: 2017-07-22

Accepted: 2017-09-10

Published Online: 2017-11-23

Conflict of interest: None.

Citation Information: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 20170130, ISSN (Online) 2191-0278, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2017-0130.

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