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More Than a Quarter of World’s Women Worldwide Have Experienced Domestic Violence

HeadlineFeb 18, 2022

Over one in four women in the world have experienced domestic violence before they turn 50. That’s according to a new study published by The Lancet medical journal, which compiled statistics on physical and sexual violence against women from the years 2000 to 2018. That data was based on self-reported experiences, and authors warn the real scale of the crisis may be far worse, as many cases are not reported due to stigma and fear. The COVID-19 pandemic likely exacerbated domestic violence, with women and girls often forced to stay home with their abusers without access to support services.

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