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The scrutiny of domestic relationships in the form of marriage and family, especially when it is placed under a feminist microscope, have brought to light many currents and threads that form these institutions and the consequences of their interactions. Diverse interpretations of these relationships have pointed out how domestic relationships become a site of oppression, in different ways. The discourse of domestic violence, it would be correct to point out, sprung from this analysis of oppression in domestic life as the most contemptible form of injustice done in the name of and within the confines of family/ home. What is domestic violence? What sort of forms that does that violence take? Are there cultural interpretations of violence? Are there cultural dynamics that perpetuate or facilitate violence?
Reflecting on conversations I had with men and women studying at the University of Colombo, in this paper, I urge for a broader understanding of what is known and seen as domestic violence and the stilts that perpetuate it. In this paper, uncovering the different forms violence takes in domestic relationships and describing the context that enables their presence, I argue that domestic violence is part of the cultural tapestry and is intertwined with and imbued in its insignia.
This page was published on 23 April 2012