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Field Detail
Theme Human Development
Code HD-GEN-1.12
Sub-theme Gender
Name Prevalence of violence against women (VAW)
Definition Measures the proportion of women who have experienced physical or sexual abuse by a partner. 0% is GOOD as 100 percent means all women 15 years of age and over experience VAW. 0% is GOOD as 100 percent means all persons 15 years of age and over agree or support VAW
Calculation/Formula Number of women 15+ years old who have experienced physical or sexual violence by a partner / Total number of women 15+ years x 100
Unit of Measure %
Range (eg Age) 15+ years
Assumptions That information is correctly reported in a census or survey and based on a clear definition of violence
Limitations Under-reporting to authorities
Intended Direction of change Decrease
Purpose/Rationale Measure of general gender equality with links to many facets of life (health, security, education, economy, family life etc). Provide benchmark data to assist in efforts to eliminate VAW. Contribute to increase in respect for gender equality and women’s human rights; building of safer environment and communities
Policy Linkages International conventions/ frameworks endorsed by PIC governments (UNCEDAW; UDHR; UNSCR1325; BPA; PPA)
Preferred Data Sources DHS
Alternative_Data Sources Police Records (regular); Health records (regular); Gender-Based Violence Surveys (GBV); Family health surveys.
Census - HIES - DHS tag DHS
Primary Data Collection System Survey - National Statistics Office
Frequency of Data Collection 5 years
SPC Responsibility - Data Management HDP
Comments / Regional Trend Analysis Under-reporting to authorities in many countries, lack of sufficient funding for data collection and analysis
Means of Verification (outside NSO system) Police Records (regular); Health records (regular); or Woman's Departments
SPC Programme HDP
Numerator Number of women 15+ years old who have experienced physical or sexual violence by a partner
Denominator Total number of women 15+ years
Factor x 100
Unit %