Ending Violence Against Women
This issue of Population Reports focuses on ending violence against women. It tackles primarily two types of violence: 1) abuse of women within marriage and other intimate relationships; and 2) coerced sex, whether it takes place in childhood, adolescence, or adulthood. The first part contains the editor's summary and an article entitled The World Takes Notice. Intimate partner abuse is discussed thoroughly and is supported by tables presenting various statistics on relevant issues such as help seeking by physically abused women. A framework for understanding partner violence is also presented. The article on sexual coercion deals with forced sexual initiation and sexual abuse in childhood. The impact of violence on the reproductive health of women and its threat to health and development are also discussed. The last part focuses on specific strategies in detecting, preventing, and stopping the abuse. An agenda for change is then presented.