The Concept and Measurement of Violence against Women and Men

Jude Towers, Sylvia Walby*, Susan Balderstone, Consuelo Corradi, Brian Francis, Markku Heiskanen, Karin Helweg-Larsen, Lut Mergaert, Philippa Olive, Emma Palmer, Heidi Stockl, Sofia Strid

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Violence matters. It wrecks lives. It causes injury and misery.
Violence is both a cause and consequence of inequality. It is
a violation of human rights. Violence is a detriment to health
and to sustainable economic development.

Ending violence (or just reducing it) would be a major
contribution to human wellbeing. A life free from violence is
much valued. Preventing violence is a widely shared goal.

How? In order to end violence, a theory of change in violence
is needed. In order to know what works to reduce violence, it
is necessary to test theory with evidence. But even evidence
as to whether the rate of violence is going up or down is hard
to establish. This book seeks to improve the measurement of
violence as a contribution towards zero violence.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages117
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4473-3263-3
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2017


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