The study to identify and map existing data and resources on sexual violence against women in the EU
Sexual violence against women continues to be one of the most brutal forms of gender-based violence, while at the same time being very much a taboo subject. Victimisation research shows that a great majority of sex crimes remain undisclosed. ‘The European Parliament resolution of 26 November 2009 on the elimination of violence against women’ and ‘the Council of the European Union’s conclusions of 8 March 2010 on the eradication of violence against women in the European Union’ highlight the lack of regular and comparable data on violence against women in the European Union. In particular, there... is an evident lack of available and systematically collected data on sexual violence. Women who have experienced sexual violence still face secondary victimisation in their contacts with the police, prosecutors, judiciary and healthcare institutions because of, among other things, the lack of intervention protocols and training on sexual violence for professionals. It is an EU priority to undertake effective actions to stop sexual violence. Therefore, EIGE undertook the first EU-wide study on sexual violence in order to provide policymakers and experts with reliable information, data and resources which will help them to combat and prevent sexual violence more effectively. The study was commissioned by EIGE and was carried out by the European Women’s Lobby in 2011. The study focused on the following forms of sexual violence against women – rape, marital rape, sexual abuse/assault, sexual coercion and sexual harassment outside the workplace – and covered resources used by the Member States and Croatia between 2007 and 2010.