I have noticed for several years, that domestic abuse cases are increasing in the local news. And that more local women are dying at the hands of husbands or boy friends, sometimes in murder/suicide. A recent review of world wide violence against women indicates that this is a global issue.
A study was done between 1983 and 2010, with scientist analyzing information on women ages 15 and up, in 56 nations for sexual battery, and 86 countries for domestic abuse. The research indicates that one out of every three women around the globe have encountered domestic violence or sexual abuse by a current or former partner.
In the United States 1 in 4 women say they have been victims of domestic or sexual violence. Dr. Margaret Chan, leader of the World Health Organization refers to violence against women as a global health problem.
The study also revealed that 40% of women worldwide, who are murdered, have their lives taken by a spouse or domestic partner. It was also noted that domestic violence is the most common type of abuse that women experience.
Domestic assaults are highest in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. On these continents, 37 percent of women have been sexually or physically assaulted by a significant other at some point in their lives. The rate of abuse against women was 30 percent in Latin America, 25 percent in Europe, 25 percent in Asia, and 23 percent in North America.
A survey taken by the United States government states that 1 out of 4 American women admit being attacked by a husband or boyfriend, and 1 out of 5 indicate they have been raped or were the victim of attempted rape. Half of the rape victims say they were accosted by someone they were intimate with. Unfortunately, the statistics have no way to take into account the scores of women who suffer in silence.
There are wives and girlfriends who never admit to anyone what goes on behind closed doors. Their abusers appear to be pillars within their communities, active in church and civic organizations. Co-workers, family and friends are often in disbelief when the violence comes to light.
Last summer a local man stabbed his wife to death, then hung himself. Neighbors said the family,(which included 8 children) seemed happy and there were no signs of violence. The murder suicide came as a complete shock.
In an effort to take a stand against sexual and physical mistreatment of women, the World Health Organization came up with some guidelines. They believe that law enforcement officials should be able to detect domestic issue sooner, and those employed in health professions should be trained to recognize signs that women are being abused, and give the appropriate response.