Defining and measuring partner violence - Lori Heise

Einstein once said not everything important can be measured. However, an accurate assessment of the magnitude of a problem certainly helps elevate its importance. This Learning Lab reviews what is known about getting accurate measures of violence throughout a woman's lifespan with an emphasis on intimate partner violence. Heise reviews traditional approaches and introduces some new ones, while debating different approaches to identifying a case of abuse.

Lori Heise played a leading role in getting gender violence onto the international health agenda. Now a senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Chief Executive of STRIVE, she founded the International Research Network on Violence Against Women and co-designed and led the WHO Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence (24,000 women in 15 sites).

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