Dating violence awareness month 2016
CULTURALLY COMPETENT SERVICE PROVISION TO LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE, Sabrina Gentlewarrior and Kim Fountain, National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women, Harrisburg, PA: September 2009.
These definitions of VAW as being gender-based are seen by some to be unsatisfactory and problematic.These definitions are conceptualized in an understanding of society as patriarchal, signifying unequal relations between men and women.Opponents of such definitions argue that the definitions disregard violence against men and that the term gender, as used in gender based violence, only refers to women.The history of violence against women remains vague in scientific literature.This is in part because many kinds of violence against women (specifically rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence) are under-reported, often due to societal norms, taboos, stigma, and the sensitive nature of the subject.
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In addition, the term gender-based violence refers to "any acts or threats of acts intended to hurt or make women suffer physically, sexually or psychologically, and which affect women because they are women or affect women disproportionately".