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[Correspondence] Prevention of violence against women and girls at the community level

In their Series paper on lessons from practice (April 25, p 1672),1 Lori Michau and colleagues emphasised the importance of social, cultural, and political interactions to prevent violence against women and girls. This approach is especially important for developing countries where many women are in abusive relationships. Although laws have the potential to prevent violence, such violent relationships can continue owing to absence of support after a separation, social stigma, and economic hardships, and put women in greater danger.