Why Women Suffer Domestic Violence in Silence: Web-Based Responses to a Blog

Monday, 30 October 2017: 3:05 PM

Salima M. Farooq, MSBE1
Yasmin P. Parpio, MSc-EB1
Tazeen Saeed Ali, PhD2
(1)School of Nursing, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
(2)School Of Nursing and Department of Community Health Sciences, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan

Introduction:domestic violence (DV) has long been seen a sensitive social and cultural issue faced by women worldwide regardless of age, education, religion, class and ethnicity, DV has a negative impact on women’s social, physical, and psychological wellbeing, and reproductive health.

Objective: To identify the factors contributing to domestic violence (DV)among women of develop and developing countries.

Method :

A qualitative descriptive method was applied for the study. Purposive sampling was used to select participants through emails to respond to the web based blog created for the study. Forty one worldwide participants contributed and shared their perceptions through the blogs in the study. The data were collected using a web-based discussion forum on the Urban Women Health Collaborative (UWHC), an internet-based social networking site, during the month of March 2011. Data was analyzed, and categories and themes were extracted using a content analysis approach.

 Content Analysis was done in current study . Several themes were formulated based on several subcategories and categories. The major theme that emerged from the content analysis was: Socio-cultural norms justifying domestic violence against women. Under this theme, four categories were identified with several subcategories. The major categories included: socio-cultural attitudes towards women; vicious cycle of violence; DV is a power game, and misinterpretation of legal and religious practices


This study concludes that women is facing DV due to social cultural practices and inequities, which can be only handled if intervention are done not only at individual level but also at family and community level to promoting more equitable gender roles in all spheres of life of women.


Awareness need to be created among both men and women through media and other sources.. Mass media has an important role to curb this suffering at family and societal levels. International organizations need to participate in the women empowerment