top of page


Population size: 


Number of people experiencing domestic abuse each year:

Cruelty by Husband or His Relatives" accounted for 32% of all crimes against women registered by the police in 2018 (Police registered 103,272 such cases in 2018), around 33% of women have experienced spousal violence - physical, sexual or emotional.[2]

Every 3rd woman in India faces some form of DV according to National Family Health Survey (2015-16)[3]

In India, violence experienced by heterosexual women parallels violence experienced by LBT individuals, especially in the family and marriage, with the main difference being that

violence is also directed against LBT sexual identities and practices.[4]

No research on male victims or other gender identities.

Cost of domestic abuse to the economy each year:

Estimated cost of work absenteeism related to domestic violence and abuse per annum: $880m. Estimated cost of lost economic output related to presenteeism, US$ million per annum: $1174mn (5% productivity loss).[5]

Indian women can lose an average of at least five paid work days for each incident of intimate partner violence. This fact would mean the affected woman would get 25 per cent less of her salary each time an incident of violence happens.[6]

Estimated % change due to COVID-19:

National Commission for Women: Between 23 March and 16 April 2020 - roughly the first three weeks of the lockdown - the commission received 239 complaints of domestic violence. This was a significant jump from the 123 complaints it received in the month leading up to the lockdown.