How violence against women affects our health: New WHO report

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A new report from The World Health Organization (WHO) details the health effects of widespread violence against women.

New: Global and regional estimates of violence against women presents the first global systematic review of scientific data on the prevalence of two forms of violence against women: violence by an intimate partner (intimate partner violence) and sexual violence by someone other than a partner (non-partner sexual violence).

It shows, for the first time, global and regional estimates of the prevalence of these two forms of violence, using data from around the world. Previous reporting on violence against women has not differentiated between partner- and nonpartner violence.

The report details the effects of partner and non-partner sexual violence on several aspects of women’s health. It shows that women who have experienced intimate partner violence have higher rates of depression, HIV, injury and death, and are more likely to have low birth weight babies, than those who haven’t. Though research on the health effects of non-partner sexual violence is more limited, the evidence clearly shows that sexual violence has both long- and short-term debilitating effects on women’s mental health and well-being.

Find the report and related materials on the WHO website.

See WHO's inforgraphic Violence against women: The health sector responds

Read their press release: Seven governments adopt statement on violence against women and girls at 66th World Health Assembly

Read about it in The GuardianWHO report into violence against women: key data.