37% of women living in the poorest countries have been victims of physical violence

37% of women living in the poorest countries have been victims of physical violence

For the World Health Organization (WHO), one in three women continues to experience physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner or sexual violence from someone other than her own Partner during his life and this violence starts very early.

Violence disproportionately affects women living in low- and lower-middle-income countries. About 37% of women living in the poorest countries have experienced physical and / or sexual violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime, with the prevalence rising to one in two in some of these countries.

The regions of Oceania, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa have the highest prevalence rates of intimate partner violence among women aged 15 to 49, with rates ranging from 33% to 51%. The lowest rates are found in Europe (16-23%), Central Asia (18%), East Asia (20%) and Southeast Asia (21%).

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