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The World Health Organization defines violence as:
“The intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, mal-development or deprivation”.
WHO has declared violence against women both a public health problem and a violation of human rights.
Violence against women is of many types and has many faces. Also called Gender-based violence, public health experts around the world have called it the “Hidden Epidemic”. (ref)
Violence against women is an age-old practice but it was only in the last decade of the 20th century that it got recognition as a serious human rights issue.
Violence is broadly classified into two categories: Social violence that occurs in public places and usually between strangers and Domestic violence that occurs in households and usually between relatives.
It is violence in private life that comprises domestic violence against women. It is a global issue that cuts across all geograp…
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