Violence against women is a serious problem that affects millions of people around the globe. Yet many don’t understand how widespread domestic abuse, rape, and other acts of violence against women truly are.
The statistics are staggering. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 35% of women have been victims of sexual assault or another form of domestic abuse, with the majority of these violent acts occurring with an intimate partner. Even more sobering is the fact that 38% of all murders of women are connected with domestic abuse.
The consequences of violence against women have more than just physical consequences like bruises, broken bones, miscarriage, and sexually transmitted diseases. Domestic abuse and rape often contribute to depression, anxiety, an increased risk for drug and alcohol abuse, and even an increased risk for suicide.
Violence against women is a widespread issue with serious consequences. While it is saddening to discuss these horrible things, our hope is that by increasing knowledge of this pandemic—even a tiny bit—can help motivate more people to take action and make a stand against domestic abuse.