Violence against women.
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An incredible 40% of women have experienced verbal, economic, emotional, social (control) or physical violence from their partner at some time in their lives, according to research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Friday), Dr. Nihaya Daoud and Prof. Ilana Shoham-Vardi of the public health department at BGU’s Faculty of Health Sciences said that while 11% of Arab women and 2% of Jewish women said they had been threatened with physical violence by their partners, many more had encountered other types of violence.
The result was significant harm to their physical and emotional health. The World Health Organization estimates that one out of three women experiences such violence at some time in their lives.
The researchers studied a representative sample of 1,401 women aged 16 to 48 who visited family health centers (tipat halav) in four Health Ministry districts. Written questionnaires were used.
An average of 4.6% suffered physical violence; 28% verbal or emotional violence; and 26.1% social violence.
Arab women were more likely to complain of verbal or economic (50%) violence; 19% of Jewish women reported verbal or emotional violence and 16% social or economic violence.
Being poor (Jewish or Arab) or being a very religious Arab woman was a predictor of reporting violence. Arab women living in the cities were more likely to complain about violence than those living in rural areas.