A few weeks ago, the World Health Organization issued a report – the first of its kind – on domestic violence wordwide.
The results are staggering.
Based on data from 1983 to 2010, 1 in 3 women on the planet has experienced intimate partner violence, and 40% of all women who are murdered are killed by a current or former intimate partner.
This has ramifications in all areas of women’s health – increased likelihood of sexually transmitted infections, depression and other mental illness, alcohol and drug addiction, unwanted pregnancy and abortion, and reproductive problems like low birth weight.
The report suggests the best opportunity to recognize and address domestic violence is often in a health care setting – but heath care practitioners often lack the training required to see the signs, especially in the developing world.
Imagine a study that found 40% of all murdered men were killed by a current or former girlfriend. Even just a woman – any woman. Would have been a pretty huge story. We’d be having a big cultural conversation about what’s gone wrong and what we must do to fix it. But this? Nope.
Ask yourself why.