Violence Against Women Statistics

In further understanding of the entirety and vastness of the global aspects of the violence against women (and children), I ran across this publication on the net and thought I would reblog it here for a comprehensive view of the statistics and all the diverse forms (seemingly endless forms) of violence performed on women and children.

(As Published by the UN Department of Public Information, DPI/2546A, November 2009)

The Situation

Violence against women takes many forms – physical, sexual, psychological and economic. These forms of violence are interrelated and affect women from before birth to old age. Some types of violence, such as trafficking, cross national boundaries.

Women who experience violence suffer a range of health problems and their ability to participate in public life is diminished. Violence against women harms families and communities across generations and reinforces other violence prevalent in society.

Violence against women also impoverishes women, their families, communities and nations.
Violence against women is not confined to a specific culture, region or country, or to particular groups of women within a society. The roots of violence against women lie in persistent discrimination against women.

Up to 70 per cent of women experience violence in their lifetime.


Violence by an intimate partner

The most common form of violence experienced by women globally is physical violence inflicted by an intimate partner, with women beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused.

A World Health Organization (WHO) study in 11 countries found that the percentage of women who had been subjected to sexual violence by an intimate partner ranged from 6 per cent in Japan to 59 per cent in Ethiopia. 

Several global surveys suggest that half of all women who die from homicide are killed by their current or former husbands or partners.

• In Australia, Canada, Israel, South Africa and the United States, 40 to 70 per cent of female murder victims were killed by their partners, according to the World Health Organization.
• In Colombia, one woman is reportedly killed by her partner or former partner every six days.
Psychological or emotional violence by intimate partners is also widespread.

Sexual violence

It is estimated that, worldwide, one in five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime.

The practice of early marriage – a form of sexual violence – is common worldwide, especially in Africa and South Asia.

Young girls are often forced into the marriage and into sexual relations, causing health risks, including exposure to HIV/AIDS, and limiting their attendance in school. One effect of sexual abuse is traumatic gynecologic fistula: an injury resulting from severe tearing of the vaginal tissues, rendering the woman incontinent and socially undesirable.

Sexual violence in conflict

Sexual violence in conflict is a serious, present-day atrocity affecting millions of people, primarily women and girls. It is frequently a conscious strategy employed on a large scale by armed groups to humiliate opponents, terrify individuals and destroy societies. Women and girls may also be subjected to
sexual exploitation by those mandated to protect them.

Women as old as grandmothers and as young as toddlers have routinely suffered violent sexual abuse at the hands of military and rebel forces.

Rape has long been used as a tactic of war, with violence against women during or after armed conflicts reported in every international or non-international war-zone.

• In the Democratic Republic of Congo approximately 1,100 rapes are being reported each month, with an average of 36 women and girls raped every day. It is believed that over 200,000 women have suffered from sexual violence in that country since armed conflict began.

Violence Against Women

Women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria, according to World Bank data.  500,000 women were raped during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. 

• Sexual violence was a characterizing feature of the 14-year long civil war in Liberia.
• During the conflict in Bosnia in the early 1990s, between 20,000 and 50,000 women were raped.

Violence and HIV/AIDS

Women’s inability to negotiate safe sex and refuse unwanted sex is closely linked to the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS. Unwanted sex results in a higher risk of abrasion and bleeding and easier transmission of the virus.

Women who are beaten by their partners are 48 per cent more likely to be infected with HIV/AIDS.
Young women are particularly vulnerable to coerced sex and are increasingly being infected with HIV/AIDS. Over half of new HIV infections worldwide are occurring among young people between the ages of 15 and 24, and more than 60 per cent of HIV-positive youth in this age bracket are female.

Female Genital Mutilation/Genital Cutting

Female Genital Mutilation/Genital Cutting (FGM/C) refers to several types of traditional cutting operations performed on women and girls.

• It is estimated that more than 130 million girls and women alive today have undergone FGM/C, mainly in
Africa and some Middle Eastern countries.
• 2 million girls a year are thought to be at risk of genital mutilation.

Dowry murder

Dowry murder is a brutal practice where a woman is killed by her husband or in-laws because her family cannot meet their demands for dowry — a payment made to a woman’s in-laws upon her marriage as a gift to her new family. While dowries or similar payments are prevalent worldwide, dowry murder occurs predominantly in South Asia.

“Honour killing”

In many societies, rape victims, women suspected of engaging in premarital sex, and women accused of
adultery have been murdered by their relatives because the violation of a woman’s chastity is viewed as an affront to the family’s honour.  The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates that the annual worldwide number of so-called “honour killing” victims may be as high as 5,000 women. 

Trafficking in persons

Between 500,000 to 2 million people are trafficked annually into situations including prostitution, forced labour, slavery or servitude, according to estimates. Women and girls account for about 80 per cent of the detected victims.

Violence during pregnancy

Violence before and during pregnancy has serious health consequences for both mother and child. It leads to highrisk pregnancies and pregnancy-related problems, including miscarriage, pre-term labour and low birth weight.

Female infanticide, prenatal sex selection and systematic neglect of girls are widespread in South and East Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East.

Discrimination and violence

Many women face multiple forms of discrimination and increased risk of violence.

• Indigenous women in Canada are five times more likely than other women of the same age to die as the result of violence.
• In Europe, North America and Australia, over half of women with disabilities have experienced physical
abuse, compared to one-third of non-disabled women.

Cost and Consequences

The costs of violence against women are extremely high.  They include the direct costs of services to treat and support abused women and their children and to bring perpetrators to justice.  The indirect costs include lost employment and productivity, and the costs in human pain and suffering.

• The cost of intimate partner violence in the United States alone exceeds $5.8 billion per year: $4.1 billion
is for direct medical and health care services, while productivity losses account for nearly $1.8 billion.
• A 2004 study in the United Kingdom estimated the total direct and indirect costs of domestic violence, including pain and suffering, to be £23 billion per year or £440 per person.


Women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria, according to World Bank data.

Violence against women in police custody is common and includes sexual violence, inappropriate surveillance, strip searches conducted by men and demands for sexual acts in Image


7 comments on “Violence Against Women Statistics

  1. This is a fabulous share of information, so many levels of violence and trauma inflicted on the female and child race. It is unbelievable this cruelty exists in our world today. Thank you very much for sharing. Would you mind if I linked this to my website and my blog? My own history runs very deep with violence and sadistic sexual abuse. I have shared this publicly in the novel “My Justice”. The abuses against me as a child created the pattern of acceptance and I stayed in this for quite some time. It was a total of 32 years of my life destroyed by the abuses against me. What was even worse was seeing the impact of those many abuse reflect in my own children’s lives. This is the reason I give my voice publicly whenever and however possible, from founded support group to social networking interactions, pages, web and blog. I was also talk radio host and exec. director for Dreamcatchers for Abused Children; volunteer with a local women’s shelter and violence prevention center; host abuse events and simply put, whatever I can do to help influence women to protect themselves, educate themselves, develope life skills, and how all of us can take part in protecting those who cannot protect themselves. Please feel free to check out my blog, my profile, facebook, linked in, google, twitter, web or whatever you feel you have time or interest to do. I will gladly support and share all that you are doing. It is a great pleasure to see this and connect here.
    Thank you again, I look forward to seeing and sharing more of your information.
    Tricia McKnight
    Advocate/Author/Speaker/Examiner/Talk Radio Host/Survivor

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  3. Tricia:

    Thank you for the great comment and share. It just amazes me and, then again, I am never ceased to be amazed by all the violence in the world — especially towards women and children, who are very often the peacemakers of the world.

    I also had a BlogTalkRadio show called Beyond Words Live!, which I utilized as a platform for survivors to tell their own story in their own words. I took a hiatus from doing it while helping my daughter to get through nursing school by babysitting my granddaughter, but I am definitely considering getting back into it very soon.

    In the meantime, in answer to your question –
    would I mind if you link my page to your website(s) and social media resources? Answer – definitely, I would not mind! I need all the support I can get. In fact, if you do that for me, I will post your Dreamcatchers fb page along the side alongside to the right as well for some cross promotion. I have been a member of your fb page for a while and appreciate all the information that you convey.

    More soon.

    I’m heading out in minutes to a ladies’ retreat for the weekend.

    Thanks for all that you do and are in the process of doing!

    Kathryn Krastin
    United Nations Delegate

    • Hi Kathryn, thank you for responding and permitting the attachment of your link. Just wanted to let you know that I too stepped back from the radio world for awhile but also am considering getting back on the airwaves. This said, I am no longer considered to be connected to Dreamcatchers either. Just wanted to get that out there so you would be aware, other as well. It’s just taking a break and doing some writting rather than broadcasting right now. I still give all I’ve got to getting the message of hope, strength, inspiration and empowerment for everyone to get involved and step up to the plate to build a better foundation to pass forward to our children and grandchildren. After all, what will they think of us as they take over the future of our world if we sit back, do nothing, and remain silent. Another generation cannot be destroyed by what has plagued mankind for centuries. Too many others have held silent and this gives us the result of where we are today. Thank you tons for all you give and know that I am here in your support.
      Enjoy your weekend ladies retreat and we will talk again soon I’m sure 🙂

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  5. Thank you, Trish.

    I have decided decisively today that I’m resurrecting my Beyond Words Live! radio show because I have a person that would like to speak regarding faith based organizations involved with the legislation process, which I can tie in to survivors as well because I am going to be a delegate at the United Nations in the Spring through an opportunity provided through the PC-USA (Presbyterian Church, USA). Just talked to this lady today, after had previously contacted her to speak at a upcoming workshop that’s pushed back now into the Spring. Sometimes, things like opportunities for speakers who lay in your lap with time available now, is just something that should not be passed up and/or delayed. :)) As one that had a radio show previously, I’m sure you can exactly understand where I am coming from on that note.

    I certainly appreciate any/all support that you can provide and help me to promote what all I am trying to do.

    BTW, retreat was wonderful. Sharing some of that on here too soon. (Stay tuned.)


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