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By Catherine Morrisey-Ribeiro
Family violence experts are calling for national debates surrounding issues of emotional violence against women in New Zealand after a study found more than half of all New Zealand women (51.5%) have been subjected to emotional violence at some point in their lives, and 17% have experienced it within the past 12 months. Part of the problem in identifying the issue is defining what is emotionally violent to each individual woman. The study reports that women understand the term in a variety of ways — from name calling to stalking. New Zealand family violence experts address these variances by stating that they hope to highlight overall mistreatment of women in their society.
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