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Violence against women
  1. Gunilla Krantz1,
  2. Claudia Garcia-Moreno2
  1. 1Centre for Health Equity Studies, CHESS, Stockholm University/Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
  2. 2Department of Gender, Women and Health, World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr G Krantz
 Centre for Health Equity Studies, CHESS, Stockholm University/Karolinska Institute, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden;


Violence against women is now well recognised as a public health problem and human rights violation of worldwide significance. It is an important risk factor for women’s ill health, with far reaching consequences for both their physical and mental health. This glossary aims to describe various forms of interpersonal violence that are directed towards women and girls. Terms and basic concepts used in research and policy on this public health problem will be explained.

  • interpersonal violence
  • women’s health
  • intimate partner violence
  • public health
  • human rights
  • domestic violence

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