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Female genital mutilation and domestic violence among Egyptian women.

J Sex Marital Ther. 2001 Oct-Dec;27(5):593-8.

Female genital mutilation and domestic violence among Egyptian women.

Refaat A, Dandash KF, el Defrawi MH, Eyada M.

Community Medicine Department, Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt.


The purpose of this study was to determine if there is a relationship between female circumcision and domestic violence. Results showed that women who suffered from domestic violence and women who experienced genital circumcision shared many low socioeconomic and educational characteristics. Circumcised women were more likely to support continuation of female circumcision, to circumcise their daughters, and to accept the right of husbands to beat their wives.

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