File - A woman attends a protest against domestic violence in Beirut, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Christelle Khadra remembers well the woman who was abused by her blind husband.The second paper, published in the British Journal of General Practice and co-authored by Jinan Usta, associate professor of clinical medicine at the American University of Beirut, found that most physicians in Lebanon tend to blame victims of domestic violence for the abuse and tend to justify the resort to violence.The research by Usta, from AUB, highlighted the challenges women face in seeking the help of physicians, many of whom subscribe to the same cultural beliefs that abet violence against women.Those who did mediate between women who experience domestic violence and those who assaulted them leaned toward blaming the victim and justifying the violence perpetrated against them.Usta said the majority of physicians justified the violence, for instance by questioning what the woman would have done to provoke her partner, a result she attributed to cultural biases.Usta said doctors should find out if the women are victims of domestic violence and help them address the root causes of the violence, rather than simply treating the effects.
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