Third of world’s women suffer domestic violence

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LONDON — About a third of women worldwide have been physically or sexually assaulted by a former or current partner, according to the first major review of violence against women.

In a series of papers released Thursday by the World Health Organization and others, experts estimated nearly 40 percent of women killed worldwide were slain by an intimate partner and that being assaulted by a partner was the most common kind of violence experienced by women.

‘‘Violence against women is a global health problem of epidemic proportions,’’ Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, said in a statement. WHO issued guidelines for authorities to spot problems earlier and said health workers should be trained to recognize when women may be at risk and how to respond.

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