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last updated Dec. 10, 2009
published Nov. 1, 2006
A Question of Security: Violence against Palestinian Women and Girls
Human Rights Watch - November 2006
Read more:  women, women and children, minorities, feminism, human rights, Human Rights Watch, rape, incest, honor crimes
Summary: Various studies and statistics gathered by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) and Palestinian women’s groups record high levels of violence perpetrated by family members and intimate partners, aggravated during times of political violence. Information obtained from social workers, academics, and police officials on the prevalence of domestic violence, incest, and actual or threatened “honor” crimes, also indicate that reported rates do not reflect the full extent of such violence. In preparing this report, Human Rights Watch spoke to dozens of women victims of violence in the occupied Palestinian territories and their accounts confirm the seriousness and scope of the problem, on issues ranging from spousal and child abuse to rape, incest, and “honor” crimes.
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