Violence and Injury Prevention

New report documents extent of violence against women in 12 countries in the Americas

A new report published by PAHO/WHO in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that in 12 Latin American and Caribbean countries studied, between 17% and 53% of women interviewed reported having suffered physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner.

Violence Against Women in Latin America and the Caribbean: a comparative analysis of population-based data from 12 countries shows that between 41% and 82% of women who were abused by their partner experienced a physical injury, ranging from cuts and bruises to broken bones, miscarriages, and burns.

Despite this, between 28% and 64% did not seek help or speak to anyone about their experience of violence. This is the first time that nationally representative data have been analyzed and presented in a single comparative format that allows a snapshot of what is known about violence against women in the region.

The 156-page report presents a comparative analysis of data from interviews with more than 180 000 women in Bolivia, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Paraguay, and Peru.

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