Report reveals 'extensive' violence against women in EU
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of The Guardian (One of the UK's leading newspapers)
Posted: March 10th, 2014
Violence against women is "an extensive human rights abuse" across Europe with one in three women reporting some form of physical or sexual abuse since the age of 15 and 8% suffering abuse in the last 12 months, according to the largest survey of its kind on the issue. The survey, based on interviews with 42,000 women across 28 EU member states, found extensive abuse across the continent, which typically goes unreported and undetected by the authorities. Morten Kjaerum, director of FRA, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, which was responsible for the survey, said: "Violence against women ... is an extensive human rights abuse that the EU cannot afford to overlook." The FRA study provides ample evidence of the size of the problem, as well as suggestions on how to fix it. In a foreword to the report, Kjaerum calls for all member states to sign and ratify the Council of Europe Istanbul convention, which demands more protection for women, as well as action from private and public organisations. Among the findings: One in 10 women have experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 15, while one in 20 has been raped. One in 10 women have been stalked by a previous partner. Most violence is carried out by a current or former partner, with 22% of women in relationships reporting partner abuse. Violence against women is one of the least reported crimes. Only 14% of women reported their most serious incident of partner violence to the police, while a similar percentage (13%) reported their most serious incident of non-partner violence. Just over one in 10 women experienced some form of sexual violence by an adult before they were 15.
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