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INTRODUCTION The prevalence of domestic violence varies widely, with approximately 15-71% of women worldwide experiencing some form of violence at the hands of their husbands or male partners (1). South Asian countries report some of the highest rates of physical domestic violence (2-6). The most recent Indian National Family Health Survey (NFHS 3, conducted in 2005/2006), a nationally-representative survey of women of reproductive age, estimated that 35% of ever-married women had experienced physical violence perpetrated by their current or former spouses (7). In comparison, reported rates of domestic violence, including physical and sexual violence, are consistently lower in countries, such as the USA (1.5%), the UK (4%), and Canada (4%) (1).