Violence against Women: every day and everywhere in Europe

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Results from the world’s biggest ever survey on Violence Against Women reveal one third of women are affected.

Revealing the extent of abuse suffered by women at home, work, in public and online, results are shown at European Union and national level. Published by European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) the pan-European survey interviewed 42,000 randomly selected women (an average of 1,500 respondents per country) aged 18-74 years. Findings also show the extent of physical and sexual violence experienced by women in childhood.

These survey figures simply cannot and should not be ignored.

FRA’s survey shows that physical, sexual and psychological violence against women is an

extensive human rights abuse in all EU Member States”


“The enormity of the problem is proof that violence against women does

not just impact a few women only it impacts on society every day.

Measures tackling violence against women need to be taken to a new level now.”     

FRA Director Morten Kjaerum

Findings show that

  • 33% of women ( 62 million women) have experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15
  • 22% have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by a partner
  • 5% of all women have been raped
  • Almost one in 10 women who have experienced sexual violence by a non-partner, indicate that more than one
  • perpetrator was involved in the most serious incident
  • 43% have experienced some form of psychological violence by either a current or a previous partnersuch as public humiliation; forbidding a woman to leave the house or locking her up; forcing her to watch pornography; and threats of violence.
  • 33% have childhood experiences of physical or sexual violence at the hands of an adult.
  • 12% had childhood experiences of sexual violence of which half were from men they did not know
  • 18% of women have experienced stalking since the age of 15 and 5% in the 12 months prior to the interview – a total of 9 million women
  • 21% of women who have experienced stalking said that it lasted for over 2 years
  • 11% of women have experienced inappropriate advances on social websites or have been subjected to sexually explicit emails or text (SMS) messages.
  • 20% of young women (18-29) have been victims of such cyber harassment
  • 55% of women have experienced some form of sexual harassment

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