Hesperian Health Guides
Chapter 18: Violence Against Women
There is no reason why a person should be beaten or abused in any way.
Every day, women are slapped, kicked, beaten, humiliated, threatened, sexually abused, and even murdered by their partners. But often we do not hear about this violence, because the women who are abused may feel ashamed, alone, and afraid to speak out. Many doctors, nurses, and health workers do not recognize violence as the serious health problem it is.
This chapter is about different types of violence that occur to women and girls. It can help you understand why violence happens, what you can do about it, and how you can work for change in your community.