Violence and Injury Prevention

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

Violence against women is predictable and preventable

Fact 2: Violence against women is predictable and preventable.

Levels of violence against women are not the same in all places and at all times. By identifying the social, cultural, legal and economic factors that influence such violence, it is possible to predict its occurrence and to understand how to prevent it. School-based programmes to prevent dating violence; reducing the harmful use of alcohol; changing social and cultural norms through education and awareness raising, and intervening with maltreated children to avert their later involvement in violence can reduce violence against women. For further information on effective prevention strategies, visit: