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Global Health
August 21, 2013

Violence Against Women

JAMA. 2013;310(7):682. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.276462

Violence against women is a pervasive worldwide problem, with 1 in 3 women having experienced sexual or physical violence, usually from an intimate partner, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) and partnering groups, “Global and Regional Estimates of Violence Against Women: Prevalence and Health Effects of Intimate Partner Violence and Non-Partner Sexual Violence” (http://bit.ly/16NyKYd).

Published in June, this is the first systematic review of global data on the prevalence of 2 types of violence against women: violence by an intimate partner and sexual violence carried out by someone who is not an intimate partner. It provides details on the effect such violence has on the mental and physical health of women and girls, including death and injury, depression, alcohol use problems, sexually transmitted infection, unwanted pregnancy and abortion, and low-birth-weight babies.