News Global estimates published by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate that about 1 in 3 (35%) women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. Important findings
Reason for gender-based violence Reasons for male perpetrate violence
- Worldwide as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by a male intimate partner. Intimate partner violence is the highest at 37.7% in the WHO South-East Asia region.
- As per figures released by WHO, the violence ranges from 23.2% in high-income countries and 24.6% in the WHO Western Pacific region to 37% in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean region.
Women are more likely to experience intimate partner violence if they have
- low education,
- a history of child maltreatment,
- exposure to domestic violence against their mothers,
- harmful use of alcohol,
- unequal gender norms, including attitudes accepting of violence, and
- a sense of entitlement over women
Impact of violence by partner It has serious short-and long-term impact on women. It adversely affects their children besides leading to high social and economic costs for women, their families and societies Solution
- low education,
- exposure to mothers being abused by a partner,
- abuse during childhood, and
- attitudes accepting violence, male privilege and women’s subordinate status.
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- Advocacy and empowerment counselling interventions for families
- An occasional home visit is promising in preventing or reducing intimate partner violence against women.