Police and justice sector data on intimate partner violence against women in the European Union
Intimate partner violence affects many women throughout the EU, with an estimated one in five women aged 15 and over experiencing physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence. Despite its prevalence, it is difficult to obtain a clear and accurate understanding of the phenomenon because incidents of intimate partner violence frequently go unreported. As a result, victims are rarely identified and perpetrators are almost never charged and held accountable for their actions. Intimate partner violence is defined as any act of physical, sexual, psychological or economic violence that occurs... between former or current spouses or partners, whether or not the perpetrator shares or has shared the same residence with the victim. Efforts to combat intimate partner violence against women require an in-depth understanding of the nature and scale of the phenomenon, which can only be obtained through reliable, systematic and comparable data. This makes administrative sources of data collection on intimate partner violence essential. The police and justice sectors are key sources of such data. To date, however, the EU has experienced a lack of available, comparable data on violence against women, including intimate partner violence. This study focuses on reported incidents of intimate partner violence against women, recorded and processed in the police and justice sectors. The findings of the study are presented in two reports. The current technical report provides an in-depth analysis of the availability and comparability of data at Member State level, based on several phases of information collection using a mixed-method approach.
- Corporate author(s): European Institute for Gender Equality (EU body or agency) Themes: Social problems, Fundamental rights
- Subject: crime against individuals, data collection, domestic violence, marital status, position of women, sexual offence, sexual violence, women's rights