Harmony and affection among family members is the need of the hour as physical and mental agony due to growing domestic violence was making youth jeopardise the societal interests, Felix Edward, principal of Government degree college at Udayagiri in Nellore district, said on Thursday.

He gave a guest lecture on “Domestic violence – women empowerment” in SKR and SKR Government women’s degree college. In her presidential address, SKR and SKR Government women’s degree college principal P. Padmavathi, exhorted women students to improve their personal lives by gaining awareness and being supportive to family members. English lecturer K. Lakshmiprasanna and and Chemistry lecturer J. Venkatalakshmi participated.