Third of EU women experience violence, new report claims

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

A report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) presents findings from the world’s biggest-ever survey on violence against women, revealing the extent of abuse suffered by women at home, work, in public and online. As well as demonstrating the wide prevalence of violence against adult women, the report also details incidents of physical and sexual violence experienced by women in childhood.

The report finds that:

  • one in three women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15
  • one in five women has experienced stalking
  • every second woman has been confronted with one or more forms of sexual harassment

Based on the findings, FRA suggests:

'courses of action in different areas that are touched by violence against women and go beyond the narrow confines of criminal law, ranging from employment and health to the medium of new technologies'.

View the press release and report.

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