Sixteen days of activism against gender violence - sixteen key facts on intimate partner and sexual violence against women

16 facts on violence against women:

  1. Up to 70% of women experience physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lives
  2. Violence against women is predictable and preventable
  3. Violence against women can damage the health and well-being of women
  4. Violence against women can damage the health and well-being of children
  5. Violence against women increases the likelihood of being infected with HIV
  6. Violence against women is an obstacle to achieving several Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
  7. Violence against women seriously affects economic development
  8. Men who were victims of child maltreatment are three to four times more likely to perpetrate intimate partner violence
  9. The harmful use of alcohol by men increases the likelihood of intimate partner violence
  10. Sexual violence is widespread in settings of conflict, post-conflict and displacement
  11. Programmes that increase women's access to microcredit and finance and train people in healthy relationship and negotiation skills can prevent violence against women
  12. School-based programmes to prevent dating violence can prevent violence against women
  13. Engaging men and boys in preventing violence against women and promoting gender equality can have positive effects
  14. WHO provides guidance on how to implement evidence-based programmes for the prevention of intimate partner and sexual violence against women
  15. WHO has developed recommendations to support health workers to address the consequences of sexual violence
  16. WHO supports research on understanding and preventing sexual violence

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