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.
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
- Mapping the current status and potential of administrative data sources on gender-based violence in the EU,
- Terminology and indicators for data collection on rape, femicide and intimate partner violence: EU-wide terminology and indicators and
- Improving police and justice data on intimate partner violence against women in the European Union,
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
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:
WAVE Country Report 2021
The 20121 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:
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/