Dating violence against women
The United Nations reports that up to 70 percent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime.Women who experience physical or sexual abuse are more than twice as likely to have an abortion, almost twice as likely to experience depression, and in some regions, 1.5 times more likely to acquire HIV and other diseases.
Some are forced to decide between losing their financial stability and trying to navigate and “manage” the cycles of abuse.
It’s important to realize that children who grow up in abusive family dynamics are at heightened risk for long-term mental health issues.
Many victims of intimate-partner violence have been conditioned to believe that they deserve the abuse they sustain.
We partner with Governments, UN agencies, civil society organizations and other institutions to advocate for ending violence, increase awareness of the causes and consequences of violence and build capacity of partners to prevent and respond to violence.
We also promote the need for changing norms and behaviour of men and boys, and advocate for gender equality and women’s rights.
We work with Governments to develop dedicated national action plans to prevent and address violence against women, strengthening coordination among diverse actors required for sustained and meaningful action.