Sexual and reproductive health

WHO multi-country study on women's health and domestic violence against women

REPORT - Initial results on prevalence, health outcomes and women's responses


World Health Organization

Front cover

Publication details

Number of pages: 206
Publication date: 2005
Languages: English
ISBN: 92 41 59358 X


WHO’s landmark study documents violence against women by their intimate partners. This report presents the initial results based on evidence collected from over 24 000 women in 10 countries. The report culminates in 15 recommendations to strengthen national commitment and action on violence against women by promoting primary prevention, harnessing education systems, strengthening the health sector’s response, supporting women living with violence, sensitizing criminal justice systems, undertaking research and enhancing collaboration.

Materials to replicate the WHO study methodology

Materials are available for public use and compiled on a CD-ROM (free-of-charge).
Click here to order. The CD-ROM includes:

  • protocol, ethical guidelines, questionnaire
  • field manuals and other supporting materials
  • data processing and analysis materials.

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