From the New York Times:
Syria's first comprehensive field study of violence against women has concluded that nearly one married woman in four surveyed had been beaten. The study was released last week as part of a report on Syria by the United Nations Development Fund for Women.
The findings have been published in local news media, helping to draw attention to topics like domestic abuse and honor killings that have long been considered taboo in this conservative society. The study was carried out under the supervision of the quasi-governmental General Union of Women, which oversees the welfare of Syria's women. The study included nearly 1,900 families selected at random, including a broad range of income levels and all regions. The men and women in each family were questioned separately.
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