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An exploratory study on the beliefs about gender-based violence held by incoming undergraduates in England

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An exploratory study on the beliefs about gender-based violence held by incoming undergraduates in England. / Fenton, Rachel; Jones, Cassandra.

In: Journal of Gender-Based Violence, Vol. 1, No. 2, 12.2017.

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Fenton, Rachel ; Jones, Cassandra. / An exploratory study on the beliefs about gender-based violence held by incoming undergraduates in England. In: Journal of Gender-Based Violence. 2017 ; Vol. 1, No. 2.

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