Violence against women and children is commonplace and occurs regardless of nationality, income, age, level of education and population group. Violence against women is a violation of human rights and not just an individual problem. The causes lie in the unequal power relationship between women and men.
In Germany, every fourth woman between the ages of 16 and 85 has experienced violence by a relationship partner at least once in her life, according to a study by the Federal Ministry for Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Young People (2004). An EU study from 2014 even suggests that it is every third woman.
Women most often experience violence in intimate relationships. The effects of violence are diverse and range from anxiety, mental health problems, broken bones and long-term health problems, to murder.
Violence against women takes many forms…