WHO report highlights violence against women as a “global health problem of epidemic proportions”
New clinical and policy guidelines launched to guide health sector response
20 JUNE 2013 | GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — Physical or sexual violence is a public health problem that affects more than one third of all women globally, according to a new report released by the World Health Organization in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the South African Medical Research Council.
The report Global and regional estimates of violence against women: Prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence, represents the first systematic study of global data on the prevalence of violence against women – both by partners and non-partners. Some 35 per cent of all women will experience either intimate partner or non-partner violence. The study finds that intimate partner violence is the most common type of violence against women, affecting 30 per cent of women worldwide.
The study highlights the need for all sectors to engage in eliminating tolerance for violence against women and better support women who experience it. New WHO guidelines, launched with the report, aim to help countries improve their health sector’s capacity to respond to violence against women.