WHO has recently . released Violence Against Women Prevalence Estimates,2018 [WHO] that highlights global, regional and national prevalence estimates for intimate partner violence against women and global and regional prevalence estimates for non-partner sexual violence against women. This report is possible through integrated effort of WHO, on behalf of the United Nations Inter-Agency Working Group on Violence Against Women Estimation and Data (VAW-IAWGED).
Violence against women is a major human rights violation and a global public health problem. This report provides updated estimates for two of the most common forms of violence against women that are inmate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence . Inmate Partner violence refers to the violence by a husband or male intimate partner (physical, sexual or psychological) is the most widespread form of violence against women globally .Similarly , non-partner sexual violence are the sexual violence by perpetrators other than a current or former husband or partner – including male relatives, friends, acquaintances or strangers – referred to as non-partner sexual violence is another globally common form of violence against women.
Global Estimates & Burden
Almost 1 in 4 ever-married/partnered adolescent girls in the youngest age cohort (15–19 years old) is estimated to have already been subjected to physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner at least once in their lifetime and 16% of young women aged 15–24 experienced this violence within the past 12 months.
Regional Burden & Estimates
Using the United Nations SDG regional and subregion classifications, the lifetime prevalence of physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence among ever-married/partnered women aged 15–49 years was highest among the “Least Developed Countries”, at 37% , and in the three subregions of Oceania: Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia:
National Burden & Estimates
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