Journal of the New Zealand Medical Association, 26-August-2005, Vol 118 No 1221
Violence against women in New Zealand
This letter is in response to two articles recently published in the Journal (26 November 2004 issue; http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/117-1206/) dealing with violence against women in New Zealand.
Neither of these articles deal with the cause of this violence, which in most cases relates to events within the home. The matter is of such serious consequence, especially to the children of the home, that every effort should made to investigate the causes, and the possible ways in which it may be eliminated or minimised.
I thought that the authors would welcome some kind of dialogue in that direction, but to my surprise, apart from an initial note acknowledging interest in the articles, there has been no reply to letters properly addressed to Ms Janet Fanslow, Social and Community Health, University of Auckland, who is cited as dealing with the correspondence on one of the articles.
It is perhaps expected that a scientific publication like the NZMJ would encourage debate on such important issues, especially if it thought that the articles may not be soundly based.
Frank H Sims
NZMJ note: We (including article authors) encourage debate on articles via letters to the editor such has yours—it is up to the NZMJ readership to write and send these. Such debate can continue over several issues—e.g. letters on prostate screening earlier this year.
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