A third of world’s women have been sexually or physically abused by a partner, says WHOBMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4077 (Published 24 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f4077
- Anne Gulland
Violence against women is a “global health problem of epidemic proportions,” says a report from the World Health Organization.1
The study of the effects on health of violence against women found that 35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual violence at the hands of their partner. It also found that, globally, 7% of women have been sexually assaulted by someone other than their partner.
Women in South East Asia were most at risk of violence from a partner, with 38% of women there having experienced abuse, followed by 37% of women in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean and Africa region. The Western Pacific region and Europe had the lowest prevalence, at around 25%.
Women in western Europe, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan were more likely to be sexually assaulted by someone other than …