Global Health Observatory (GHO) data

Violence against women

Violence against women is a global public health problem that has serious adverse effects on women’s physical, mental, and reproductive health. It is increasingly recognized as a public health issue because of the expanding evidence base and growth of research documenting the magnitude and health effects of violence against women. For the first time, global prevalence estimates have been calculated based on all existing data from population-based studies showing that worldwide, 35% of women have experienced either intimate partner violence (physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner) or non-partner sexual violence or both in their lifetime. Multi-sectoral efforts are needed to combat this deep-rooted problem.

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Violence against women

35%of women have experienced physical/ sexual violence by a partner and/or sexual violence by a non-partner in their lifetime

Report on global and regional estimates of violence against women

Intimate partner violence

30%of ever partnered women globally have experienced physical or sexual violence by a partner in their lifetime

Prevalence of intimate partner violence

Non-partner sexual violence

7%of women globally have experienced sexual violence by a non-partner in their lifetime

Prevalence of non-partner sexual violence
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