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Spousal abuse in Albania will be subject of June 8 lecture

A doctor and researcher from the southeastern European nation of Albania will appear at Georgia Southern University to discuss spousal abuse in his native country.

Dr. Genc Burazeri will give a lecture on ‘Intimate Partner Violence in Albania” on Friday, June 8. Free and open to the public, the lecture will be held in Hollis Building Room 1123 at 10 a.m.

Burazeri is the head of the epidemiology unit and academic coordinator for the Master of Public Health Program in the Department of Public Health at the University of Tirana. His main interests include cardiovascular epidemiology, social epidemiology and community medicine.

In conducting research on spousal abuse, Burazeri surveyed more than 1,000 married women between the ages of 25 and 65 in Tirana, the capital city of Albania. Thirty-seven percent of the women surveyed said that they had been physically abused by their husbands on at least one occasion in the previous year.

The study also revealed that the risk of abuse was greatest for women who were well-educated, employed in high-status occupations, and more educated than their spouses.

Burazeri’s lecture will address the various factors that contribute to the high rate of spousal abuse in Albania.

The lecture is sponsored by the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern. For more information, call (912) 681-5653.

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