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NCJ Number: 192711 Find in a Library
Title: Domestic Violence Against Women and Girls
Corporate Author: UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre
50122 Florance, Italy
Sale Source: UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre
Piazza SS. Annanziata 12
50122 Florance,
Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Italy
Annotation: This report discusses the magnitude and universality of domestic violence against women and girls, as well as its impact on the rights of women and children, and it suggests a strategy for addressing this problem in countries throughout the world.
Abstract: "Domestic violence," as defined by this report, includes violence perpetrated by intimate partners and other family members and manifested through physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, and economic abuse. Domestic violence is one of the most pervasive of human rights violations, denying women and girls equality, security, dignity, self-worth, and their right to enjoy fundamental freedoms. Violence against women is present in every country, cutting across boundaries of culture, class, education, income, ethnicity, and age. Although most societies proscribe violence against women, violations against women's human rights are often sanctioned under the garb of cultural practices and norms, or through misinterpretation of religious tenets. Moreover, when the violence occurs within the home, as is often the case, the abuse is effectively condoned by the tacit silence and the passivity displayed by the state and its law enforcement agencies. Domestic violence against women and children requires coordinated and integrated policy responses; the enhancement of partnerships between stakeholders; setting up mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating programs and policies; implementing existing legislation; and ensuring greater transparency and accountability from governments. 68 references
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Cross-cultural analyses; Domestic assault; Domestic violence causes; Human rights violations; Victims of violent crime
Note: Innocenti Digest, N 6, May 2000; downloaded January 2, 2002.
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