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Definition of Violence Against Women

By Erin G. Clifton, MA, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University ; Norah C. Feeny, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, Case Western Reserve University

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Violence against women is broadly defined as any act that is likely to cause physical, sexual, or psychologic harm or extreme suffering to a woman. Violence can occur in the home, workplace, or community. Two common forms of violence against women are

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