Violence and Injury Prevention

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. The 16 Days of Activism end on 10 December (International Human Rights Day), and during this time we will highlight 16 key facts on intimate partner and sexual violence against women.

Physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner

Fact 1: Up to 70% of women experience physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.

The WHO multi-country study on women’s health and domestic violence against women indicated that intimate partner violence is widespread across many societies. The study showed that rates of physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner ranged from 15% in Japan, to 70% in Ethiopia and Peru, with most sites reporting rates of between 29 and 62%.

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