Gender-based violence is an urgent global problem. None in Three exists to prevent gender-based violence in its many forms. Through our research we aim to educate and influence policy makers to help make one in three, none in three. This hub provides information about gender-based violence across the globe and steps taken to reduce it.
Gender-based violence against women, especially intimate partner violence, is one of the most widespread and costly, but least recognised human rights violations in the world (Arias & Corso, 2005; Heise, Ellsberg, & Gottmoeller, 2002).
According to a WHO ten-country investigation, lifetime prevalence of physical or sexual partner violence oscillates between 15% and 71% suggesting considerable differences across regions.
Children exposed to domestic violence are 15 times more likely to suffer from physical abuse and neglect.
Nearly 750 million women and girls alive today were married before they reached 18 years of age.
Women who have been physically or sexually abused are more likely to have an abortion, experience depression, and, in some regions, acquire HIV, than women without abuse experiences. Globally, 38% of murders of women are committed by an intimate partner.
Intimate partner violence is also detrimental to children. Youth living with domestic violence can develop emotional and behavioural problems (Holt, Buckley, & Whelan, 2008). Domestic violence and child abuse are likely to occur together, therefore programmes aimed at reducing the rates of intimate partner violence, can also help to prevent child abuse.
For a snapshot of past and current policy and statistics relating to the topic in each of our study countries please click on the links below.
Arias, I., & Corso, P. (2005). Average cost per person victimized by an intimate partner of the opposite gender: A comparison of men and women. Violence and Victims, 20(4), 379-391. https://doi.org/10.1891/0886-6708.20.4.379
Garcia-Moreno, C., Jansen, H. A. F. M., Ellsberg, M., Heise, L., & Watts, C. H. (2006). Prevalence of intimate partner violence: Findings from the WHO multi-country study on women’s health and domestic violence. The Lancet, 368(9543), 1260-1269. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(06)69523-8
Heise, L., Ellsberg, M., & Gottmoeller, M. (2002). A global overview of gender-based violence. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 78(1), S5-S14. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0020-7292(02)00038-3
Holt, S., Buckley, H., & Whelan, S. (2008). The impact of exposure to domestic violence on children and young people: A review of the literature. Child Abuse & Neglect, 32(8), 797-810. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2008.02.004