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Press Release

For Immediate Release: October 27, 2000
Contact: CDC Media Relations (404) 639-3286

MMWR Reports & Recommendations: MMWR Vol. 49/No. RR-11

Building Data Systems for Monitoring and Responding to Violence Against Women

This report presents recommendations regarding public health surveillance of violence against women. These recommendations address the definition of the problem; the need for multiple measures/collaboration across health, criminal justice and social service disciplines and agencies; data collection strategies; methodological concerns; and confidentiality and safety. Violence encompasses a broad range of maltreatment against women, including physical violence, sexual violence, threats of physical and /or sexual violence, stalking, and psychological/emotional abuse. For general information on violence against women, visit these CDC websites:

  • The Co-occurrence of Intimate Partner Violence Against Mothers and Abuse of Children -
  • Dating Violence -
  • Intimate Partner Violence -
  • Rape -


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