During the past two decades, U.S. policymakers, as well as many in the international community, have increasingly recognized violence against women (VAW) as a significant global health, human rights, and security issue.1 Violence against women, which includes random acts of violence as well as sustained abuse over time, can be physical, psychological, or sexual in nature. Many experts view it as a symptom of the historically unequal power relationship between men and women and maintain that over time this imbalance has led to pervasive cultural stereotypes and attitudes that perpetuate a cycle of violence.
Date of Report: July 30, 2014
Number of Pages: 2
Order Number: IF00043
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