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
- alcohol use problems
- sexually transmitted infections
- unwanted pregnancy and abortion
- low birth-weight babies
Download the one page summary complied by GVHC.
Read an overview of our research in this field.