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Concerns over domestic abuse

One in three Greek women have been victims of domestic violence, according to a study by the Research Center for Gender Equality. The report, made public ahead of today’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, observes that social mores perpetuate the problem. «In Greece, the use of violence within the family is regarded as a strictly family affair,» the report said, noting the existence of «an intense social prejudice against drawing attention to the problem.» Deputy Interior Minister Theodora Tzakri and Maria Stratigaki, general secretary for gender equality, are to travel to Brussels today for a summit of female ministers from European Union countries. The aim is to formulate a common policy on tackling domestic violence. In a recent report, the World Bank described violence against women as a serious cause of death and disability on a par with cancer.