Violence against women is a crisis of epidemic proportions, deeply affecting women in the United States and around the world. Violence against women encompasses many forms including domestic violence, sexual assault and physical, psychological, financial and spiritual abuse.
As many as one in four women in the U.S. has experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner in her lifetime and one in five women in the U.S. has been raped in her lifetime. Women often experience sexual abuse very early in life- with approximately 80% of female victims experienced their first rape before the age of 25.1 On a global scale, experts estimate that one in three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. According to the World Health Organization, up to 70 percent of women in some countries report having been victims of domestic violence at some stage in their lives. The consequences of such violence are far-reaching and devastating for women, families, and their communities.
1National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2010.