(The following excerpt from Violence Against Women Is “A Global Health Problem Of Epidemic Proportions,” Says WHO by Dominique Mosbergen originally appeared on huffingtonpost.com on 6/20/2013. To view it in its entirety please click on the link below.)
About one in three women worldwide experience sexual or physical violence at least once in their lives, according to a World Health Organization report released Thursday.
Put together by the WHO in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the South African Medical Research Council, the report says 35 percent of women around the world are victims of sexual or physical violence, and that assault at the hands of an intimate partner is by far the most common form of such violence. In fact, a whopping 30 percent of women globally were found to be domestic violence victims.
“These findings send a powerful message that violence against women is a global health problem of epidemic proportions,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of WHO, in a statement. “We also see that the world’s health systems can and must do more for women who experience violence.”