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see husband and wifehusband and wife,
the legal aspects of the married state (for the sociological aspects, see marriage). The Marriage Contract

Marriage is a contractual relationship between a man and a woman that vests the parties with a new legal status.
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a man's partner in marriage; a married woman
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The health system cannot and should not respond to the issue of wife-battering in isolation from other systems, most particularly the women's health services (shelters, support groups, etc.
Johnny comes from a broken home, has witnessed child abuse and wife-battering, crime, drugs and alcoholism, and the public school system is faulted for failing to make him into a responsible citizen.
Many abuses, such as racial attacks, child abuse or wife-battering, occur without direct government involvement.
At most, in the municipality of Eugene, the municipal court probably heard one or two wife-battering cases a year.
This paper aims to reconstruct some of the causes and the context of wife-battering in Montreal between the years 1869-1879.
He claimed her refusals amounted to "degrading treatment" and domestic abuse, a term used more often to describe wife-battering.
EASTENDER Little Mo's wife-battering torment has been hailed as TV's best contribution to the campaign against domestic violence.
Alex Ferns won Best Newcomer and Villain of the Year for his portrayal of wife-battering control freak Trevor Morgan.
The forum was recently awarded a Home Office grant of pounds 268,000 to raise awareness of wife-battering in the Asian community.
Who endorsed bigotry, wife-battering and laddish behaviour of the worst kind?