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What is Violence against Women

What do you understand by Violence against Women?

The word 'violence' has the same root as the word 'violation'. Violence is the denial or active taking away of a human being's dignity, freedom, integrity and security. It is usually understood as severe physical abuse or behaviour that is obviously criminal. However, the definition of violence also includes not just active physical harm, but also discrimination in treatment, deprivation of  entitlements, intimidation and control over someone else's life. It can be minor or severe, habitual or isolated, physical or psychological.
 
We will be discussing violence, in all its forms and dimensions, on women. We call it 'gendered violence' because it is inflicted on women solely because they happen to be women or because of their sex.

The next few pages will look at the official definition of violence, what kinds of women face violence and important related issues.
 
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