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Spousal physical violence affects one in three Albanian wives

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 21 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:0-b

More than a third of married women in Albania experience at least one episode of violence from their husbands during a year. A questionnaire study by Burazeri and colleagues (p 197) included 1039 married women living in Tirana, the country's capital. The risk was greatest for more empowered women, defined as well educated, employed in white collar occupations, and particularly those who are better educated than their spouses. The prevalence is among the highest recorded in population studies.