1 in 3 women will suffer from or feel threatened by violence, including sexual violence and the fear of violence. This is not confined to a particular region or culture. Often women suffer in silence because they don’t see indications that the legal system will support them or due to social stigmas attached to violence. Bradshaw problematizes the term “domestic violence” and highlights the transition towards the terminology “violence against women and girls” or “gender-based violence,” which captures the notion of violence being systemic and institutionalized. In the last ten years, knowledge about the right to live free from violence has increased. Stigma is also important when it comes to violence, and changing social attitudes.
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