by Tanya Thomas on  June 24, 2010 at 10:29 AM Women Health News
 Gender Violence Rampant in Madrid, With 200,000 Women Suffering Yearly
A recent study has revealed that nearly 200,000 women fall victim to gender violence in Madrid every year. The Technical Commission, part of the Department of Health of the Autonomous Community of Madrid, conducted the study.

The study revealed that at least 10 percent of the women who are or who have been in a relationship in the previous year have suffered some type of gender-related violence.

8.9 percent were victims of psychological abuse, 2.4 percent were victims of physical violence and 1.1 percent were abused sexually.

"In view of the results, 48,000 women in the Community of Madrid had suffered gender-related physical violence during the year before the study, with 150,000 having experienced psychological violence," researcher Maria Durban, of the UC3M Statistics Department said.

Another finding of the study is that psychological violence is less in women aged between 25 and 39 and more frequent among separated or divorced women.

Around 2,000 women were interviewed by telephone. The women were between 18 and 70 years old and had lived in the Community of Madrid during the previous year, and had a partner or had been in contact with their former partner in the previous year.

The study was published in the European Journal of Public Health.

Source: ANI

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