Violence Against Women Facts

What is Violence Against Women?

When violence is perpetrated against women in intimate relationships it is called Battering.

Battering is a systematic pattern of domination where the abuser uses abusive tactics to maintain power and control over the woman. These tactics can escalate over time and result in the woman altering her behaviour in an attempt to stop the abuse even though she has done nothing to ‘start’ the abuse.

Violence against Women can include non-physical abuse.

What is Emotional Abuse?
Emotional abuse can be described as a tactic of power of control where the abuser uses words and actions that make the victim feel “bad” about themselves or feel like they are going “crazy”.

To Stop Violence Against Women

We must ask what is EMPOWERMENT?
Empowerment is the idea of being fully able to authorize ourselves to be ourselves. Empowerment is the process of enabling ourselves to be ourselves. Women who survive violence and abuse and who access our myriad of services and programs, as soon as they reach out are engaging in the empowerment process. As 52% of the population it matters significantly that women are empowered.

Strong women means strong family and strong community.

A Male Perspective on Violence Against Women
Byron Patrick Hurt (born December 31, 1969) is an American activist and documentary filmmaker. He attended Northeastern University as a quarterback, and founded God Bless the Child Productions before graduating with a degree in Journalism in 1993. Upon graduation he was hired by the university's Center for the Study of Sport in Society to help form the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program with the purpose of educating young men about gender and sexual violence.
After 16 years of prevention work Hurt said, “I can just about predict the kind of things we men will say in gender violence prevention workshops or in Q&A sessions to avoid talking about the real issues. No matter where I am, the level of deflection and avoidance that takes place in my training sessions has been very consistent over the years.
“Many, not all, but many of us men DEFLECT any focus on our negative attitudes and behaviors toward women BACK onto the WOMEN as if it is their problem, and as a way to avoid taking responsibility for our own actions. In other words we blame women for our abusive behavior. Some of us deny that the gender or sexual violence exists at all. At one point in my life, I have been guilty of doing this myself.”’
Upon hearing men quote the same excuses repeatedly about why violence against women occurs, Hurt compiled his own personal ‘Top 10’ list on:

The Excuses Men Make to Justify Violence Against Women
10.   Some women think you don’t love them if you don’t hit them.
9.     Why would she wear revealing clothes if she didn’t want negative
8.     Some women know how to push our buttons, and so we “just snap.”
7.     She disrespected me.
6.     She must have done something to deserve it.
5.     If she wants to hit like a man, she ought to be beaten like a man.
4.     Why would a woman go somewhere (a party, club, or social event) if
        she knows guys are going to treat her like that?
3.     A man is only going to do to a woman what a woman allows him to do.
2.     Some women like to be hit/cat-called.
1.     She made me do it.

Violence Against Women – Statistical Realities

We cannot escape the facts. The facts consistently demonstrate that women and girls are disproportionately victimized in our society in ways that threaten their physical, emotional, psychological and sexual well-being. This issue goes beyond human rights violations. It points instead to the reality of systematic gender-based abuse perpetuated year after year, generation after generation, against half the world’s population.

According to Statistics Canada:


Economic Impacts of Violence Against Women:

Violence against women represents a drain on the economically productive
workforce: Canada’s national survey on violence against women reported that 30% of battered wives had to cease regular activities due to the abuse, and 50% of women had to take sick leave from work because of the harm sustained (Krug, et al., 2002).

The ultimate goal when faced with statistics that reflect such grim violence must be to establish and pursue a socio-cultural framework for change that is rooted in justice for women, and supported by a judicial system that holds perpetrators accountable for their actions.

A Report on Violence Against Women from the United Nations
Violence Against Women as the United Nations defines it:

“Any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.”
Violence against women includes (but is not limited to):

Violence Against Women – Some Key Facts from the U.N.


How big is the problem of Violence Against Women throughout the world?

Violence Against Women, at its core, is about subjugating women. It is the domination of a woman by another human being. One in three women have been abused or subjected to gender-based violence in their lives.
Here are some hard facts:

Who is at risk?

All women and girls across all levels of society, culture and nationality are at risk.
However, poorly-educated women with low social status in their community are at a higher risk of being abused and violated. Often they do not know their own rights. The lack of healthcare access and education often hamper efforts for these women to make lives better for them and their children.

What are the health consequences of Violence Against Women?

Physical and sexual abuse by a partner is closely associated with injuries including (but not limited to):


Deaths from violence against women include:


Physical health
Abuse can result in many health problems, including:


Sexual and reproductive health
Violence against women is associated with:


Risky behaviours
Sexual abuse as a child is associated with:

Each of these behaviours increases the risk of health problems.

Mental health
Violence and abuse increase the risk of:


What are some of the international efforts taking place to stop Violence Against Women?

Various grassroots, non-profit and non-governmental organizations around the world including Women’s Aid Organization Malaysia and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence provide support, education and counselling to abused women and children.
These services include but aren’t limited to:



Our International partners in the mission to end Violence Against Women:
The United Nations and its various agencies including the United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have launched a major campaign in February 2008: “UNite to End Violence against Women,” a 7-year effort ending in 2015 aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls in all parts of the world. The Pixel Project is a launch partner for UNIFEM.
Some Helpful Links for More Information

Would you like to know more about Violence Against Women?

If you would like to find out more visit:

To view country-specific fact sheets on the health consequences for Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, Japan, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Samoa, Serbia Montenegro, United Republic of Tanzania, and Thailand, click here.

For more than 30 years Battered Women’s Support Services has been a registered charity and non-profit organization that exists for the sole purpose of helping women break free from violence. Our organization is fully committed to its mission, and the passion and dedication of our staff, volunteers and members is inspiring. Just by reading the following information you are educating yourself to be a part of the solution and not the problem. Thank you for visiting The Violence Stops Here and joining us in our mission to end violence against women once and for all.