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Third of women suffer domestic violence: WHO

Women hold pictures of victims of violence during a protest to denounce domestic violence against women in Ankara, Turkey on May 11.

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About a third of women worldwide have been physically or sexually assaulted by a former or current partner, according to the first major review of violence against women.

In a series of papers released by the World Health Organization and others, experts estimated nearly 40 percent of women killed worldwide were slain by an intimate partner and that being assaulted by a partner was the most common kind of violence experienced by women.

The WHO defined physical violence as being slapped, pushed, punched, choked or being attacked with a weapon. Sexual violence was defined as being physically forced to have sex, having sex because you were afraid of what your partner might do and being compelled to do something sexual that was humiliating or degrading.

The report also examined rates of sexual violence against women by someone other than a partner and found about 7 percent of women worldwide had previously been a victim.

Globally, the WHO review found 30 percent of women are affected by domestic or sexual violence by a partner. The report was based largely on studies from 1983 to 2010. According to the UN, more than 600 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not considered a crime.









1. domestic adj.

家庭的;愛家的 (jia1 ting2 de5; ai4 jia1 de5)

例: His second marriage has made him very domestic.


2. compel v.

強迫;使不得不 (qiang1 po4; shi3 bu4 de2 bu4)

例: She was compelled to take the responsibility for her husband’s wrongdoing.


3. degrading adj.

有辱人格的;丟臉的 (you3 ru4 ren2 ge2 de5; diu2 lian3 de5)

例: The poor man believed that accepting charity was degrading.


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