International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

site.btaTwo in Three Women Say Violence against Women by Their Partners Is Common in Bulgaria

Two in Three Women Say Violence against Women by Their Partners Is Common in Bulgaria
Two in Three Women Say Violence against Women by Their Partners Is Common in Bulgaria
UN Poster for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The results of the 2021 EU Gender-Based Violence Survey, in which the National Statistical Institute (NSI) took part, show that 11.9% of women aged 18-74 have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual assault at some point in their adult lives, regardless of the perpetrator's relationship to them. Two out of three women believe that violence against women by their intimate partners is quite or very common in Bulgaria, according to research published on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - November 25.

Physical violence, including threats of physical violence, was more common (8.5%) than sexual violence (3.4%). Young women were more likely to report unwanted experiences. The relative proportion of women experiencing physical or sexual violence, regardless of perpetrator, decreased with advancing age.

Women aged between 18 and 29 are most at risk of violence from their intimate partner. Some 36.3% of women aged 18-29 has been abused by a current or former partner. Nearly one in ten women (9.5%) has experienced physical (including threats) or sexual violence from persons in the household. Some 12.2% of women have experienced sexual harassment at work by a male co-worker. Some 28% have experienced physical or emotional abuse in childhood by a parent.

In response to the growing need for statistical data on the prevalence of violence against women, the NSI joined a project initiated by the European Commission to conduct research and provide such data. The survey was conducted between November 2021 and February 2022 among women aged 17 to 84.

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