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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

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