Gender-based violence against women is rooted in historically unequal power relations between women and men, which leads to oppressive patterns of coercive control of men over women. It is the most pervasive gender inequality of our time, undermining women’s dignity and integrity, and imposing serious harm on families, communities and societies.

The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) has incorporated violence against women in its Gender Equality Index as a satellite domain. The index is a monitoring tool that provides a measure of the attainment of gender equality and assists in monitoring progress of gender equality across the EU over time.

Further information

Factsheet: Gender Equality Index 2017: Violence against women - the most brutal manifestation of gender inequality

Press release: Gender Equality Index 2017 - We cannot be silent about violence

Data on violence against women in the Gender Equality Index 2017

All data in the Gender Equality Index 2017