International Data on Gender-Based Violence

Below you can find a collection of resources on gender-based violence in Europe and beyond. If you have any further questions on data, especially in relation to perpetrator work, feel free to contact the WWP EN Research and Development Manger Berta Vall Castelló.

FRA Survey

This 2012 survey by the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) is the first of its kind on violence against women across the 28 Member States of the European Union. It is based on interviews with 42,000 women across the EU, who were asked about their experiences of physical, sexual and psychological violence, including incidents of intimate partner violence (“domestic violence”).

You can read the main findings report here: https://fra.europa.eu/en/publication/2014/violence-against-women-eu-wide-survey-main-results-report or look at the data here: https://fra.europa.eu/en/publications-and-resources/data-and-maps/survey-data-explorer-violence-against-women-survey

EIGE Gender Equality Index

The Gender Equality Index is a tool to measure the progress of gender equality in the EU, developed by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). It gives more visibility to areas that need improvement and ultimately supports policy makers to design more effective gender equality measures.

You can find out more here: https://eige.europa.eu/gender-equality-index/about

EIGE Data Collection on Violence against Women

In order to understand the nature and prevalence of gender-based violence, the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) regularly conducts studies. You can find the studies

as well as further information on EIGE data collection practices here: https://eige.europa.eu/gender-based-violence/data-collection

Istanbul Convention Signatories

The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence(Istanbul Convention) is the most comprehensive and detailed international treaty against gender-based violence. It is of utmost importance for the advancement of women’s human rights in Europe that all European countries sign, ratify and effectively implement the Convention. You can find details on which European countries have taken steps to increase their female population’s safety here: https://www.coe.int/en/web/conventions/full-list/-/conventions/treaty/210/signatures

GREVIO Monitoring Reports

The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence(Istanbul Convention) is the most comprehensive and detailed international treaty against gender-based violence. The GREVIO Committee is tasked with monitoring the Convention’s implementation by signatories. You can find information on the different countries which were already monitored, as well as information on which countries will be monitored next, here: https://www.coe.int/en/web/istanbul-convention/country-monitoring-work

CEDAW Signatories

The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is an international treaty adopted in 1979 by the UN. Under the following link you can discover which countries have signed the treaty and with which reservations:

https://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=IV-8&chapter=4&lang=en

WAVE Country Report 2019

The 2019 Country Report by Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) provides information and statistical data on the situation of women’s specialist support services from 46 European countries. You can find it here:

https://www.wave-network.org/2019/12/30/wave-country-report-2019/

UNSD Minimum Set of Gender Indicators

In this database, the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) provides global data on the proportion of women who have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by a current or former intimate partner within the last 12 months and the proportion of women who have experienced sexual violence by persons other than intimate partners, since the age of 15.  Find out more here: https://unstats.un.org/unsd/gender/vaw/

World Report on Violence and Health (WHO)

Published in 2002 by the World Health Organization (WHO), the “World Report on Violence and Health” is the first comprehensive review of the problem of violence on a global scale: https://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/violence/world_report/en/

For a more recent look at global data in intimate partner violence and violence prevention, look at the 2014 “Global Status Report on Violence Prevention”: https://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/violence/status_report/2014/en/

Last changed: 01.07.2020