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Violence against women is Europe’s secret shame

Does gender equality trigger gender violence? A controversial new report suggests that certain EU nations might be experiencing a backlash

By Serena Kutchinsky  
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What is gender violence? When does aggressive behaviour become unacceptable? Is it when a door slams in someone’s face; a push turns into a shove; a gesture spirals into a slap; banter becomes abuse; “no” is taken to mean “yes”? On paper we know the answers but in reality the distinctions are still deeply blurred.

The question played on my mind earlier this month as I sat in the sterile surrounds of the European Parliament in Brussels, listening to new research which exposes the shocking scale…

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