A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) illuminated a startling fact about violence against women: nearly one in three women around the world has been a victim of physical or sexual violence. 

The report, which was released by the WHO, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), caused WHO chief Margret Chan to call violence against women “a global health problem of epidemic proportions.”

The study also found that 38% of all murdered women were killed at the hands of their partner, the most common type of violence women experience.

According to the BBC, other findings include:

  • 42% of women physically or sexually abused by partners had injuries as a result

  • Victims of non-partner attacks were 2.6 times more likely to experience depression and anxiety compared with women who had not experienced violence

  • Those abused by their partners were almost twice as likely to have similar problems

  • Victims were more likely to have alcohol problems, abortions and acquire sexually transmitted diseases and HIV

Fear and shame were leading factors in keeping women trapped in abusive relationships and reporting their assaults to authorities.

The report analyzed abuse by region and found that while violence was more prevalent in lower and middle-income countries (South-East Asian at 37.7%, the Middle East at 37%, Africa at 36.6%), nearly a quarter of women in higher income countries like Australia, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Israel, the U.K., and the U.S. were still victims of violence.

Due to the findings, the WHO has implored governments from around the world to take the issue of violence against women “more seriously” as it is a rampant problem in both developing and more established countries.

Professor Charlotte Watts, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told the BBC, “This new data shows that violence against women is extremely common.”

“We urgently need to invest in prevention to address the underlying causes of this global women’s health problem.”

To see the complete breakdown of violence against women by region, check out the BBC

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  • Marketing Gimmicks

    No surprises here. The more financially independent and culturally empowered a woman is the less dependent she is on a man…means the less he can control her.

    Things have shifted drastically in the last 25 years when it comes to intimate relationships and unfortunately there are many men who believe that force is necessary in controlling a woman. They are relics. They don’t know how to relate to women, some don’t respect women at all, and many men simply don’t know how to break the nasty cycles that come from their own childhoods.

    I was physically assaulted by a Jamaican narcissist who in turn grew up with a father who was equally abusive and misogynist. My narcissist honestly believed that the intense jealousy and control meant that he cared for and loved me. But in truth had I stayed my mother would be crying over my obituary.

    These days some men will just kill you and won’t think twice.

    • NOitAll

      i”m so happy you made it out of that relationship. God Bless you.

  • Starla

    I’ve been saying the same thing since forever. I have even noticed that the violence is escalating and becoming more dangerous of late.

    We need to invest in prevention, but as women we need to tell our stories to other women. Everybody always think it can never happen to them, and there but be something unique to the abused women that caused the abuse. It can happen to anybody anywhere. We need to tell our stories so that we can draw up a better profile of the batterer.

    Look at what just happened to Nigella Lawson publicly, and Kelly Rowland speaking out on this issue. Women do not be ashamed, let us share our experiences directly or indirectly, so other women may be well informed and perhaps one less woman or an innocent child does not have to experience domestic violence.

  • bob

    Violence against everybody is on the rise. How many men are killed by other men ladies you think men are violent to women. Men are killed and attacked more and we need to end violence against everybody. I am speaking up for all the abused men of the world. All the victims that remain silent to protect their man hood. I live in Brooklyn and I do not have one male friend that has not been assaulted while being out and about running errands.

  • dbsm

    well, mr bob the derailer, MEN should engage each other on stopping MEN’S violence

  • GeekMommaRants

    Both women and men have to take full responsibility when it comes to personal safety. This task cannot be outsources to someone else. It’s your body, you must protect it. . Independence is self-reliance.