Getting the facts out

One of the most important weapons in any battle is information. Knowing the truth about domestic abuse (increasingly called Intimate Partner Violence) can mean the difference between life and death.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 35% of women have experienced some kind of physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes. This number is both staggering and not surprising. It is no secret that women have suffered countless forms of oppression in a variety of political, religious, cultural, social, and economic contexts. The WHO has been a significant force in gathering data, spreading awareness, and educating people with the aim of reducing violence against women around the world. Such is the power of knowledge.

Though the WHO does not seem to have any data on IPV against men, there are many other organizations that do. Because the data can be overwhelming in some cases and scarce in others, my purpose here is to collect and organize credible sources of information about IPV and other forms of abuse against men.



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