01 Sep, 2006 Last updated: 04 Dec, 2014

Violence against women is a universal problem and one of the most widespread violations of human rights. To reduce the levels of violence perpetrated against women we need preventative approaches at all levels and a stronger evidence base about violence prevention that will lead to better health.

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Violence against women is a universal problem and one of the most widespread violations of human rights. It has severe and persistent effects on women’s physical and mental health and carries with it an enormous cost in terms of premature death and disability. It also has devastating effects on families and communities. To reduce the levels of violence perpetrated against women we need preventative approaches at all levels and a stronger evidence base about violence prevention that will lead to better health. This Letter explores the myriad ways in which government, service providers and women’s and men’s groups are working to develop a program of research, community strengthening, organisational development and advocacy activity focusing on primary prevention.