Gender & Health - Gender Health Violence against...

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Group 3 41436 Tseng, Bao-Shiuan Violence against women is both the pretext and a subtext of inadequate reproductive health and the subjection of women. Even now, the multitude of issues facing the women of the world today—sex trafficking, child marriages, and sexual abuse—is inherently related to prolonged systematic abuse. In many cases, this prolonged abuse occurs in their homes, so that the places that should provide shelter and comfort become a scene of daily horrors, a woman’s living hell. WHO’s Multi-country study on women’s health and domestic violence against women documents the extent of violence against women by their intimate partners. It also clearly shows that violence against women demands a public health response, because the impact of such violence goes far beyond the immediate harm caused, affecting all aspects of women’s future health. One in three women will experience violence at some point in her life. In cases of domestic violence, the home becomes a place of deprivation and humiliation. Violence against women is the consequence and cause of gender inequity. According to WHO, the most common pattern of violence that women experience is physical violence only, or both physical and sexual violence. In most countries participating in the study, “between 30% and 56% of women who had experienced any violence by an intimate partner reported both physical and sexual violence. Only in the urban settings in Brazil and Thailand, and in Japan and Serbia and Montenegro was the overlap between physical and sexual violence less than 30%.” In the United States, the average police officer will receive six to eight calls on domestic violence issues a night. According to CBS news, 1.3 million women of all
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This note was uploaded on 01/29/2011 for the course MEDICAL 101 taught by Professor Macdon during the Spring '10 term at Mahidol University, Bangkok.

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