Global and regional estimates of violence against women study


The first systematic study of the global prevalence of two forms of violence against women (VAW) — violence by an intimate partner and sexual violence by someone other than a partner – was undertaken by the Gender, Violence and Health Centre (GVHC) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the South African Medical Research Council.

From this study, we learn that women experience violence in every region of the world. However, the variation across regions suggests that VAW is not inevitable or “natural” but rather can be addressed and reduced.

Launched on 20 June 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland, the report details the effects of violence on women’s physical, sexual, reproductive and mental health, including:

  • death and injury
  • depression
  • alcohol use problems
  • sexually transmitted infections
  • unwanted pregnancy and abortion
  • low birth-weight babies

Global and regional estimates of VAW Click on image to download the paper.

Download the one page summary complied by GVHC.

Download the presentation from the launch event at LSHTM.

Listen to a podcast about gender violence with Professor Charlotte Watts.

Read about the report in The Guardian, BBC News, CNN and NPR.

Read an overview of our research in this field.

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