One of the sixteen structuring big-bucket content tags in BIOGRAPHY, defined as integral to mapping a woman's life. It has no attributes or sub-elements. It is placed in a document according to the broadly chronological sequence of life-events. It represents an early decision by the Orlando team not to separate different kinds of violence by different encoding, but to encompass together institutional, marital, and other violence (marketplace whippings for Quaker preachers, wartime bombing, and family abuse). We are particularly interested in the effects of violence against women on the history of women's writing and the historical, social and political issues surrounding violence against women. This element is not reserved for actual acts of violence, but can include a discussion of the effects, short- and long-term, of exposure to violence. In some cases available data may need to be divided between Violence and some other element, e.g. FAMILY or LOCATION or POLITICS or HEALTH.