Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub,
MD, Senior Editor.
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.
Tayeb J. Rates of Domestic Violence in Southern Iraq. JAMA. 2004;292(5):565. doi:10.1001/jama.292.5.565-a