Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub,
MD, Senior Editor.
In Reply: We agree with Dr Tayeb that the prevalence
of domestic violence is difficult to determine. Domestic violence goes unreported
in many cases, and there is not a unified method in the United States of gathering
data on reported or unreported domestic violence cases.1 We
defined domestic violence in our study as a beating or forced intercourse
by a spouse.2 The questions were asked as
behavioral questions: "In your lifetime, have you ever been subjected to beatings
by a spouse?" and "In your lifetime, have you ever been forced to have sex
by your spouse?" Had we included in our definition slapping, pushing, shoving,
and threats with a weapon or throwing objects, it is likely the prevalence
we found would have been higher.
Amowitz LL, Iacopino V. Rates of Domestic Violence in Southern Iraq—Reply. JAMA. 2004;292(5):565. doi:10.1001/jama.292.5.565-b