Study on Violence Against Women in South Africa

Know your epidemic, know your response

No. of pages: 118

Publication date: 2014

Author: UNFPA


Globally, more than one in three women (35.6%) aged 15 and over have experienced physical and/or sexual partner violence, or sexual violence (SV) by a non-partner. The evidence is incontrovertible - violence against women is a profound human rights violation of epidemic proportions. South Africa is no exception. Recently published population-based surveys show especially high levels of intimate partner violence (IPV) and SV, with IPV being the most common form of violence against women (VAW).