Violence against women takes many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional, and economic. Violence leads to negative and, at times, dramatic mental and physical health consequences. It leads to increased absenteeism at work and limits mobility, thereby reducing productivity and earnings. It leads girls to drop out of school because going to school puts them at risk of abuse. It affects women’s decision-making ability within the household, including being able to seek services when needed.
Global and Regional Trends in Women’s Legal Protection Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment is part of a series of studies that examine the roles that laws, policies, and specific programs or interventions may play toward ending violence against women. This is done through both multi-country analysis and country case studies. The series also discusses some of the factors that drive various forms of violence against women and girls, and their trends over time.