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World Health Organization Multi-Country Domestic Violence Report March 17, 2011

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From the fantastic Kate, once again:

For some countries outside the USA: World Health Organization Multi-Country Domestic Violence Report

The Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence against Women, sponsored by the World Health Organization, between 2000 and 2003 collected data from over 24 000 women in Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, Japan, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Samoa, Serbia and Montenegro, Thailand, and the United Republic of Tanzania. The Study assessed women’s experiences of violence using a questionnaire developed and validated for cross-cultural use, with a special focus on violence by intimate partners. It also investigated how such violence is associated with ill-health and injury, and
the strategies that women use to cope with the violence. Finally, the research also collected data on domestic violence when a woman is pregnant.

Study Fact Sheets by Country

Kate’s Note: Oftentimes outside the US, survey data collection is done in urban areas instead of country wide for varying reasons including telephone penetration, the lack of funds to conduct a door-to-door study and the way a country’s population is distributed. For example, in New Zealand where the country is large geographical area but the population is highly centered in urban areas, the study was conducted in two cities. Whenever the surveys are conducted this way it is noted below.

Bangladesh

• Among ever-married women, 40% in Dhaka and 42% in Matlab reported physical violence;
37% in Dhaka and 50% in Matlab reported sexual violence by their husband, ever in their lifetime.

• 19% of ever-married women in Dhaka and 16% in Matlab had been physically abused within
the past year, while 20% and 24%, respectively, were sexually abused during that period.

• Combining data for physical and sexual violence, 53% of ever-married women in Dhaka and
62% in Matlab had ever experienced physical or sexual violence.

Brazil

• Among ever-partnered women, 27% in São Paulo and 34% in Pernambuco reported ever
having experienced physical violence, while 10% in São Paulo and 14% in Pernambuco
reported sexual violence.

• Combining the data for physical and sexual violence, 29% of ever-partnered women in São
Paulo and 37% in Pernambuco experienced physical or sexual violence by a partner.

Ethiopia

• Nearly one half (49%) of ever-partnered women experienced physical violence by a partner at
some point in their lives, and 29% during the past 12 months.
• 59% of ever-partnered women experienced sexual violence at some point, and 44% during the
past 12 months.

• Combining the data for physical and sexual violence, 71% of ever-partnered women
experienced one or the other form of violence, or both, over their lifetime.
• 35% of all ever-partnered women experienced at least one severe form of physical violence

Japan

• 13% of ever-partnered women reported having experienced physical violence at some time in
their life at the hands of an intimate partner.

• 6% of ever-partnered women had experienced sexual violence at some time in their life. Nearly
two thirds of those who had experienced sexual violence also experienced physical violence.

Namibia

• Over one third (36%) of ever-partnered women reported having at some time experienced
physical or sexual violence at the hands of an intimate partner, with 31% reporting physical
violence and 17% sexual violence.

• 20% of ever-partnered women reported experiencing physical or sexual violence during the
past 12 months.

New Zealand

• 30% of ever-partnered women in Auckland and 38% in north Waikato reported physical
violence by an intimate partner at some time in their life.

• 14% in Auckland and 22% in north Waikato reported that they had experienced sexual
violence by an intimate partner at some time in their life.

• Combining these data, 34% in Auckand and 42% in north Waikato had experienced physical
and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner at some time in their life.

Peru

• 49% of ever-partnered women in Lima and 61% in Cusco reported physical violence by a
partner at some time in their life. For sexual violence by a partner these percentages were 23%
in Lima and 47% in Cusco.

• 51% of ever-partnered women in Lima and 69% in Cusco had experienced physical or sexual
violence by a partner.



Samoa

• 41% of ever-partnered women had experienced physical violence at the hands of an intimate
partner and 20% had experienced sexual violence in their lifetime.

• The combined prevalence for physical or sexual violence by a partner for ever-partnered women
was 54% for those with primary education, 45% for those with secondary education, and 35% for
those with higher education. Violence was also less common for women living in urban areas and
for women with higher income levels.

Serbia and Montenegro

• 23% of ever-partnered women reported having experienced physical violence, and 6%
reported having experienced sexual violence by an intimate partner. Combining these
data, 24% of ever-partnered women had experienced physical or sexual violence; 4% had
experienced such violence during the past 12 months.

• Violence was about one third more frequent among women with only primary (33%) and
secondary education (28%) than those who had graduated from college or university (20%).

United Republic of Tanzania

• 41% of ever-partnered women in Dar es Salaam and 56% in Mbeya had ever experienced physical or sexual violence at the hands of a partner. In Dar es Salaam, 33% of ever-partnered women had experienced physical violence and 23% sexual violence, compared to 47% and 31% in Mbeya.17% of ever-partnered women in Dar es Salaam and 25% in Mbeya had experienced severe physical violence (being hit with a fist or something else, kicked, dragged, beaten up, choked, burnt on purpose, threatened with a weapon or had a weapon used against them). For between one third and one half of the women this had occurred in the past 12 months.

Thailand

• 23% of ever-partnered women in Bangkok and 34% in Nakhonsawan reported physical violence by their intimate partner at some time in their life.

• 30% in Bangkok and 29% in Nakhonsawan reported that they had experienced sexual violence by an intimate partner.

• Combining these data, 41% of ever-partnered women in Bangkok and 47% in Nakhonsawan had experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner.

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