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Domestic violence a reality for 33% of women Published: June 20, 2013

More than a third of all women worldwide are victims of physical or sexual violence, according to a World Health Organization report released Thursday.

The vast majority of women are attacked or abused by their husbands or boyfriends, and common health problems they suffer include broken bones, bruises, pregnancy complications, depression and other mental illnesses, the report said.

"This is an everyday reality for many, many women," Charlotte Watts, a health policy expert at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and one of the report's authors, told Reuters in an interview.

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