WHO Fact Sheet on Violence against Women

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A summary of intimate partner violence data from around the world, with information on defining intimate partner violence, factors that lead to intimate partner violence, the impacts of intimate partner violence, and preventing or responding to intimate partner violence.

“Over a quarter of women aged 15-49 years who have been in a relationship have been subjected to physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner at least once in their lifetime (since age 15). The prevalence estimates of lifetime intimate partner violence range from 20% in the Western Pacific, 22% in high-income countries and Europe and 25% in the WHO Regions of the Americas to 33% in the WHO African region, 31% in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean region, and 33% in the WHO South-East Asia region.”