Global and Regional Estimates of Violence against Women
Prevalence and Health Effects of Intimate Partner Violence and non-partner Sexual Violence
Nonserial Publications
World Health Organization
ISBN-13    9789241564625 ISBN-10    9241564628
Order Number    11500855
Price    CHF    20.00 / US$    24.00 Developing countries:    CHF    14.00
English     2013        56   pages
Summary
Violence against women is not a new phenomenon, nor are its consequences to women's physical, mental and reproductive health. What is new is the growing recognition that acts of violence against women are not isolated events but rather form a pattern of behaviour that violates the rights of women and girls, limits their participation in society, and damages their health and well-being. When studied systematically, as was done with this report, it becomes clear that violence against women is a global public health problem that affects approximately one third of women globally.

By compiling and analysing all available data from studies designed to capture women's experiences of different forms of violence, this report provides the first such summary of the violent life events that many women experience. It documents not only how widespread this problem is, but also how deeply women's health is affected when they experience violence.

This report marks a big advance for women's health and rights. It adds to the momentum of the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which emphasized the need to address the root causes of violence against women and to strengthen multisectoral responses for women who have experienced violence. It also contributes to advocacy efforts such as the United Nations Secretary General's campaign UNiTE to end violence against women.