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The Global Prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women

Science  28 Jun 2013:
Vol. 340, Issue 6140, pp. 1527-1528
DOI: 10.1126/science.1240937

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Violence against women is a phenomenon that persists in all countries (1). Since the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights and the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, the international community has acknowledged that violence against women is an important public health, social policy, and human rights concern. However, documenting the magnitude of violence against women and producing reliable comparative data to guide policy and monitor progress has been difficult.

  • * The author is a staff member of the World Health Organization. The author alone is responsible for the views expressed in this publication and they do not necessarily represent the views, decisions, or policies of the World Health Organization.

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