What is violence against women?

Violence against women (VAW) is violence or abuse where the majority of victims-survivors are women and the majority of perpetrators are men. It includes (but is not limited to):

  • domestic abuse
  • rape and sexual assault
  • harassment and online abuse
  • commercial sexual exploitation (including pornography and prostitution)
  • harmful traditional practices (including forced marriage and FGM)


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