Being Abused?

 Violence Against 
Women : “The Silent Crime”

Violence against women cuts across all racial, social, cultural, economic, political and religious backgrounds. All women by virtue of their gender are vulnerable to violent and abuse. A great number of violence related incidents in communities go unreported. It is important to understand what is meant by violence against women.

Violence against women or woman assault is the intent by the husband/partner to intimidate the woman, either by threat or by the use of physical and verbal abuse, or to destroy her property. The intent of the assault is to exercise power and control over the woman. There are different types of abuse. They include physical, emotional, verbal, sexual, threat, intimidation, manipulation, stalking, economic deprivation, use of male privilege, use of children and isolation; and it could even lead to murder. Many women have been murdered by their intimate partners. Children witness these types of abuse most of the times. It negatively impacts on their mental health and physical well being directly and indirectly.

“Violence against women is a crime and must be treated as such”

Nobody deserves to be abused. Women in abusive relationships are encouraged to leave for a safe environment such as a shelter or to seek out support in the community. It is not something to be ashamed of because:

  • You are not the cause of the problem.
  • You have the right not to be abused.
  • You are not alone.
  • Abuse happens to women from different cultural, racial, sexual orientation, socio-economic, educational and ethnic backgrounds.

Frequently Asked Questions

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