Yourwellness Magazine Follows Up WHO Report on Violence Towards Women

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With WHO releasing a new report showing that more than a third of women worldwide are victims of violence, Yourwellness Magazine explored public perceptions towards domestic violence, and how to change them.

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According to a new report released by WHO in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the South African Medical Research Council, physical or sexual violence is a public health problem that affects more than one third of all women globally, it was reported June 20th. The report, Global and regional estimates of violence against women: Prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence, is the first systematic study of global data on the prevalence of violence against women – both by partners and non-partners. Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO, commented, “These findings send a powerful message that violence against women is a global health problem of epidemic proportions. We also see that the world’s health systems can and must do more for women who experience violence.” (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2013/violence_against_women_20130620/en/index.html)

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine explored the public perception towards domestic violence. According to Yourwellness Magazine, “In a recent survey taken across England and Wales it was shown that very nearly 20% of women think that it’s okay for a man to hit his wife or girlfriend if she’d been nagging him too much. In today’s supposedly ‘enlightened’ era, it’s amazing that people can believe that in some cases domestic violence is the answer. Violence is very rarely the answer and it certainly should never be the answer when it comes to dealing with the ones we love.” (http://www.yourwellness.com/2012/12/20-of-women-believe-that-domestic-abuse-is-okay-sometimes/#sthash.iJG8M3OQ.dpuf)

Yourwellness Magazine commented on a new initiative by the Welsh government, in which children are being taught about healthy relationships. Yourwellness Magazine explained that seeing domestic violence from a young age can lead to violence in later life, but beyond the obligatory sex education classes, there’s very little in the current curricula which encourage or educate children on healthy relationships. Yourwellness Magazine noted that these classes could help to maintain those students’ ideas on family, making sure they clearly know the differences between right and wrong when it comes to family.

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