A third of world’s women have been sexually or physically abused by a partner, says WHO

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4077 (Published 24 June 2013)
Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f4077

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Dear Editors,

In accordance to this WHO study, in my Country, a recent investigation revealed that one in three women has been a victim of physical abuse, last year alone!

Husbands and boyfriends make up the majority of the attackers.

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http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_01/11/2013_525870

Competing interests: Dr Stavros Saripanidis is an active voluntary member of a non-profit organization that fights for women's rights.

Stavros Saripanidis, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Private Surgery, Thessaloniki, Greece

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Dear Editors,

The worst part is that most of these women do not protest about their abuse because they have been brainwashed to believe that acceptance of such behavior better abides them by established cultural and religious standards.

Competing interests: Dr Stavros Saripanidis is an active voluntary member of a non-profit organization that fights for women's rights.

Stavros Saripanidis, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Private Surgery, Thessaloniki, Greece

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It is a great effort to provide an overall picture of the extent of intimate partner violence, however; we need to know the source of these data. WHO report claims that it is a systematic review? But the scientific community needs to see this review published.

Competing interests: None declared

Samia Alhabib, MD, PhD

NGHA, Saudi Arabia

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