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Intimate-Partner Violence: The Need for Primary Prevention in the Community

Linda Gundersen
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Ann Intern Med. 2002;136(8):637-640. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-136-8-200204160-00026
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Intimate-partner violence is a serious problem, but it may be even more common than was previously believed. A 1999 report estimated that one third of women worldwide have been victims of intimate-partner violence (Heise L, Ellsberg M, Gottemoeller M. Ending Violence against Women. Population Reports. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins School of Public Health; 1999). Intimate-partner violence is the leading cause of injury to women 15 to 44 years of age—more common than automobile accidents, muggings, and rapes combined (The National Coalition against Domestic Violence Fact Sheet: Domestic Violence Is Under Reported. Office of the U.S. Surgeon General; 1 January 1994).

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