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Physical, sexual and psychological violence occurring in the family, including battering, sexual abuse of female children in the household, dowry-related violence, marital rape, female genital mutilation and other traditional practices harmful to women, non-spousal violence and violence related to exploitation.In most legal systems around the world, the issue of DV has been addressed only from the 1990s onwards; indeed, before the late-20th century, in most countries there was very little protection, in law or in practice, against DV.
Crimes of passion in Latin America, a region which has a history of treating such killings in an extremely lenient way, have also come to international attention.
[...] Indeed, in the case of violence against wives, there is a widespread belief that women provoke, can tolerate or even enjoy a certain level of violence from their spouses." The convention seeks to put an end to the toleration, in law or in practice, of violence against women and DV.
In its explanatory report it acknowledges the long tradition of European countries of ignoring, de jure or de facto, these forms of violence.
For example, in Ancient Rome, a father could legally kill his children.
Many cultures have allowed fathers to sell their children into slavery. Child maltreatment began to garner mainstream attention with the publication of "The Battered Child Syndrome" by pediatric psychiatrist C. Prior to this, injuries to children—even repeated bone fractures—were not commonly recognized as the results of intentional trauma.