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Physical or sexual violence is a serious public health problem that affects more than one-third of all women in the world.According to a World Health Organization report, 35 percent of all women will experience either intimate partner or nonpartner violence. Intimate partner violence is the most common kind of violence experienced by women worldwide, both in the developing and in the industrialized countries.In China, according to a national survey, one-third of the country's 270 million households cope with domestic violence.Domestic violence is also widespread in Arab countries. Violence against women also has a high economic cost for society.Promoting gender equality globally may be the best prevention against future violence.
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