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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Understanding violence against women / Panel on Research on Violence Against Women, Committee on Law and Justice, Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council.

p. cm

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN 0-309-05425-7

1. Women—Crimes against—United States. 2. Women—Crimes against—Research—United States. 3. Wife abuse—United States. 4. Rape—United States. I. National Research Council (U.S.). Panel on Research on Violence Against Women. II. National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Law and Justice. III. National Research Council (U.S.). Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education.

HV6250.4.W65U53 1996

362.82'92—dc20 96-17335

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Copyright 1996 by the National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.

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