Witchcraft Accusations and Female Homicide Victimization in Contemporary Ghana

  title={Witchcraft Accusations and Female Homicide Victimization in Contemporary Ghana},
  author={M. Adinkrah},
  journal={Violence Against Women},
  pages={325 - 356}
  • M. Adinkrah
  • Published 2004
  • Psychology
  • Violence Against Women
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