More than a quarter of women have experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetimes

New research published in The Lancet estimates that over one in four women have experienced domestic violence within their lifetime. Using data from the World Health Organisation Global Database on the Prevalence of Violence Against Women, which covers 90% of women worldwide, these new estimates indicate that prior to the COVID-19 pandemic 27% of ever-partnered women aged 15-49 had experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime, with one in seven (13%) experiencing recent violence from an intimate partner (within the past 12 months of the survey).

Evidence suggests intimate partner violence starts early; it is already prevalent in the youngest age groups, with 24% of women aged 15-19 having experienced violence from an intimate partner at least once since the age of 15.

The authors highlight an urgent need to strengthen the public health response to intimate partner violence in post-COVID-19 reconstruction efforts. 

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