Effect of domestic violence on children's human capital in Colombia
Greta Friedemann-Sanchez, Ragui Assaad, and Deborah Levison report on Colombia's children who witness domestic violence.
Due to its endemic nature, intimate partner violence (IPV), violence perpetrated by a male
against his female partner is increasingly being recognized as a human development problem
worldwide (Kishor and Johnson 2004). IPV is also known as domestic violence, spousal abuse,
and wife battery.1 IPV is a multidimensional phenomenon that includes physical, emotional, and
sexual violence, as well as stalking. The prevalence of physical IPV worldwide has been
estimated to range between 13 percent to 61 percent (Garcia-Moreno 2006).