Gender, women and health

Coping and responding to intimate-partner violence

Who tries to help

Although many respondents reported having told family and friends about their partner’s violence, they were less likely to report that these people had tried to help. In fact, across all settings between 34% and 59% of physically abused women reported that no one had tried to assist them. In the provincial site in the United Republic of Tanzania, for instance, although a quarter of women had talked with local leaders, only 7% said these leaders had tried to help. It is not clear whether this contact improved the situation. In some cases, for example, family members may condone the man’s violence, or suggest arrangements that prioritize the needs or well-being of the family over the woman’s safety.