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Family Victimisation and Plight of Elderly Women: A Representative Study in Odisha State of India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Home Science, Berhampur University, Odisha, INDIA
  • 2 Department of Law, Berhampur University, Odisha, INDIA
  • 3Department of Home Science, R.D Autonomous Women’s College, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, INDIA
  • 4 Department of Home Science, R.D Autonomous Women’s College, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 3, Issue (6), Pages 44-53, June,14 (2014)


Victimisation of elderly women in the family is an issue that challenges the socio-cultural notion of ‘safe home’ and the ‘protective-shield’ of Indian family. Present paper examines the prevalence, nature, causes and the perspectives of family violence against elderly women in southern districts of Odisha state of India. A study was carried out on 403 elderly women above 60 years and first hand information based on interviews and focused group discussion was collected to examine the family victimisation and related issues involved in it. Women, who in their early family life enjoyed power, autonomy and control, become the victims of the same power by their own family members in later years of life. This paper suggests means to reduce violence against elderly women through balancing traditional family beliefs with consciousness about gender equality and non-violence.


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