How common is violence?

Men’s violence against women occurs all over the world and within all cultures. It is now recognised as a global societal problem and a violation of human rights. WHO, the World Health Organization, estimates that between 30 and 60% of all women in the world have been subjected to physical and/or sexual abuse at some point in their lifetime.

The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention reports the following statistics:

  • In 2017, a total of 1,700 cases of gross violation of a woman’s integrity were reported, equivalent to almost five cases every day.
  • Around 14-17 women are killed each year by a man with whom they are having or have had a relationship.
  • 98% of those suspected of sexual crimes are men.
  • In 2017, a total of 22,000 sexual offences were reported, of which 7,370 were classified as rape.

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