Women, Violence Against

Mimi Ajzenstadt

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Violence against women takes numerous patterns and expressions, but they all share common modes of female victimization, making this behavior a distinct phenomenon. It includes damaging physical violence directed toward women as well as psychological abuse and nonviolent forms of sexual coercion in which women are assailed by a combination of cultural factors. Attempts to measure the prevalence of various forms of violence against women face methodological difficulties as this behavior is a "hidden violence" which is not reflected in official crime statistics. During the years, changes were introduced to rape laws and legal procedures relating to domestic violence and sexual harassment at work as well as to changes in police practices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780123739858
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Dowry murder
  • Experiences of battered women
  • Genital mutilation
  • Harassment at work
  • Hidden violence
  • Medicalization of Violence against Women
  • Perpetuation of male violence
  • Rape crisis centers
  • Rape laws reform
  • The battered woman syndrome
  • Wife abuse
  • Women empowerment


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