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Violence Against Women in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Comparative Analysis of Population-Based Data from 12 Countries

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This 156 page report presents a comparative analysis of data from 13 nationally representative surveys from the region. The 122 tables and graphs present illustrate what is known about the prevalence, risk factors, consequences, and attitudes towards violence against women in these countries—including violence by intimate partners and sexual violence by any perpetrator. This is the first time that nationally-representative data have been analyzed and presented in a single comparative format that allows readers a snapshot of what is known about violence against women across many different countries in the Region. The report aims to raise awareness of violence against women within the LAC Region and around the world as a public health problem and a violation of human rights. By making it easier for readers to access comparable data on the prevalence, risk factors, consequences, and attitudes about violence against women, the authors hope to motivate decision-makers to invest more resources in evidence-based prevention and response strategies.
IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN:
A comparative analysis of population-based data from 12 countries
IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN:
A comparative analysis of population-based data from 12 countries
SARAH BOTT
ALESSANDRA GUEDES
MARY GOODWIN
JENNIFER ADAMS MENDOZA
A collaboration between the Pan American Health Organization and the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, with technical input from MEASURE DHS,
ICF International
PAHO HQ Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data
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Pan American Health Organization; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Violence Against Women in Latin America and the Caribbean: A comparative analysis of population-based data from 12
countries. Washington, DC: PAHO, 2012.
1. Violence Against Women. 2. Domestic Violence. 3. Sexual Violence. 4. Gender and Health. 5. Human Rights Abuses.
6. Epidemiologic Studies. I. Title. II. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
ISBN 978-92-75-11718-7 (NLM classification: WA309 DA1)
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