Written by Mary Ellsberg. The woman who sat facing me in the coffee shop in León, Nicaragua was still recognizable after more than 20 years. When I first met “Ana Cristina” in 1995, she was a young law student at León University and a participant in a study I led on domestic violence in Nicaragua—one of the first population-based prevalence studies examining violence against women and girls in Latin America. The study’s purpose was to provide the data needed to persuade Nicaraguan lawmakers to protect women from domestic violence. Interviewing almost 500 women in 1995, we discovered that half had been beaten or raped by an intimate partner, and one-in-four had experienced violence during the past year. Read the full blog here.