Violence Against Women

Key Ideas:

  • Violence against women - both intimate partner violence and sexual violence against
  • School-based programmes to prevent relationship violence among young people are supported by the best evidence of effectiveness
  • Situations of conflict, post conflict and displacement may exacerbate existing violence and present new forms of violence
  • Forms of violence result in physical, mental, sexual, and reproductive health and other health problems, and may increase vulnerability to HIV
  • Found that between 15–71% of women reported experiencing physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.
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Health Aftermath:

  • Sexual partner violence and sexual violence can lead to..

Unintended pregnancies

Gynaecological problems

Induced abortions

Sexually transmitted infections

  • Headaches, back pain, abdominal pain, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal disorders, limited mobility

This kind of abuse can lead to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, difficulty sleeping, eating disorders, emotional distress and suicide attempts.

Breakdown of the Problem

A study done by WHO has discovered that sexual and physical abuse range mainly between 15 and 49 year olds.

  • 15% of women in Japan and 70% of women in Ethiopia and Peru reported physical or sexual violence by a partner
  • The first sexual experience is highly reported to be forced by a partner
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According to WHO the best prevention out there right now is a school-based program for young adults to prevent violence within relationships.

Contact ~

WHO Media centre
Telephone: +41 22 791 2222
Email: medianianquires@who.int