"Violence against women is perhaps the most shameful human rights violation. And it is perhaps the most pervasive. I know no boundaries of geography, culture, or wealth. As long as it continues, we cannot claim to be making real progress towards equality, development, and peace." --Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General 1999
At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime - with the abuser usually someone know to her.1 Violence against women and girls is a universal problem of epidemic proportions. Perhaps the most pervasive human rights violation that we know today, it devastates lives, fractures communities, and stalls development.
Statistics paint a horrifying picture of the social consequences of violence against women. This section includes information on various forms of violent crimes in the United States including domestic violence, sexual assault, gay bashing, etc.. We have also included data for underserved populations.
In the United States
Around the World
1.Ending Violence Against Women, Population Reports, Issues in World Health Series L, number 11, XXVII, Population Information Program, the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, December 1999.