The issue of domestic violence is currently of real interest in the international medical literature, both epidemiologically and psychopathologically; this violence involves a constellation of social, legal and medical partners. According to the World Health Organization, domestic violence is defined as the existence of violence within a heterosexual or homosexual couple. According to the United Nations Organization (UN), violence against women is defined as “all acts of violence directed against women, and causing or potentially causing physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including the threat of such acts, the compulsion or the arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether in public life or in private life “.
Domestic violence has serious health and social consequences. These consequences on women’s health (and their children) are as diverse as they are numerous and unspecific. This violence leads to three major types of medical disorders: traumatic, gynecological and psychological, but they often remain underestimated. In Morocco, the scarcity of information indicates that domestic violence is not recognised as a serious human rights violation. It was only in the 1980’s that the women’s movement broke the silence.