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Domestic Violence: Sub-Saharan Africa
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The term domestic violence refers primarily to physical battery in the context of the household or the family. But battering lies on a continuum of gender violence in the private sphere that includes sexual assault, psychological torment, and deprivation of the capacity to meet basic human needs. Domestic violence is most common where the social structure favors male power and the…

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London, Scott, “Domestic Violence: Sub-Saharan Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0075i>
First published online: 2009

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