Every third woman above the age of 15 in the European Union has experienced physical or sexual violence from men at least once in her lifetime. This high number shows an alarming situation.
Beyond that, physical violence is not the only serious form of violence facing women - sexual, psychological, and economical violence may also have devastating impacts on women’s lives.
Violence includes threatening someone with violence, too.
The available data on what women and girls living in the European Union have experienced since they were 15 are alarming: Source: European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), 2014
Source: European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), 2014
GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE HAPPENS
WAY OFTEN THAN YOU WOULD THINK
WHAT IS GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE?
Due to their constant persistence, some men use violence as a means of keeping their dominance and control over women.
Violence against women is not just an individual problem of a particular relationship. Gender-based violence refers to harmful acts directed at an individual based on their gender. It is rooted in gender inequality, the abuse of power, and harmful norms. Gender-based violence is a product of social stereotypes about masculinity and femininity, gender stereotypes, and habits.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
For example, don’t turn violence against women into a joke, and don’t let others. Don’t allow violence to be taken lightly, it’s no laughing matter. When you laugh at it, you accept living with it.
You can read more about the forms of violence, warning signals of a violent relationship, and about technology-based violence here.