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August 4, 2004

Rates of Domestic Violence in Southern Iraq

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(5):565. doi:10.1001/jama.292.5.565-a

To the Editor: Dr Amowitz and colleagues1 reported that the rate of domestic violence in southern Iraq is 5%, which is nearly 7 times the rate of 0.77% in the United States. Because such rates depend on the definition of domestic violence, they may not provide a complete picture of such incidents. For instance, a survey conducted by the National Institute of Justice2 reported that 2.8% of US women attending colleges had experienced complete or attempted rape in a 7-month period of school year 1996-1997. This is equivalent to an incidence of 4.9% per year. Of these women, 22% had more than 1 episode. This does not include assaults and stalkings.

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