1 in 3 Women Victim of Domestic Abuse
Studies look at problem worldwide
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2013 1:28 PM CDT

(Newser) – The most comprehensive review to date of violence against women worldwide finds that domestic abuse is "shockingly" common, in the words of one of the researchers. Specifically, about one-third of women have been physically or sexually abused by a partner, concludes the WHO analysis. Some of the findings, from NPR and the AP:

  • Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia have the highest rate of abuse at 37%, followed by Latin and South America (30%), Europe and Asia (25%), and North America (23%).
  • When a women is murdered, the killer is her spouse or partner nearly 40% of the time. (By contrast, the figure is 6% for men.)
  • Abused women are twice as likely to suffer from depression or alcoholism, and 1.5 times more likely to have an STD.
  • "There is no magic bullet, no vaccine or pill" to fix this, says a WHO physician. "But what we hear from women is that oftentimes, just having an empathetic listener who can provide some practical support and help her get access to some other services—that in itself is an important intervention."

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Jun 26, 2013 4:53 PM CDT
That's because two of three know how to listen.
Jun 24, 2013 5:10 AM CDT
If women are murdered/abused so often by a spouse or boyfriend, the OBVIOUS solution is to be independent and stop being so desperate to get themselves into relationships. But, being autonomous and thinking for yourselves is just so hard isn't it girls? Your ovaries obligate you to spend your whole lives chasing some idiotic notion of "romance", always so desperate for that wedding ring from any POS guy you can trap, and look what it gets you. "Oh, but by the time they figure out he's not prince charming, they're trapped by all the babies they've had! Men are so mean and sneaky!" God forbid women should prioritize really getting to know a guy before getting too deeply involved with him. Maybe having "romance" and babies ISN'T the be-all-and-end all of your existence just because you're female; maybe you're NOT really helpless and worthless without a man, do any women EVER think of that? Not til it's waaaaay too late. But since so-called Feminism does nothing but constantly reinforce the victim-mentality of utter helplessness and total lack of personal responsibility, I guess that's the best we can expect from women. As long as nothing is their fault, nothing ever has to be their responsibility. And nothing is ever their fault, women never, ever just make bad decisions. Never. Not ever. Women all perfect precious porcelain saints, and men are all just evil and bad. Well, I'm crying a river for all those poor women who aren't responsible for any of their own decisions. Really. No, really! I promise!
Jun 20, 2013 7:47 PM CDT
Are the other two out of three women victims of foreign abuse?