Fact Sheet Botswana: Effects of GBV

Fact Sheet Botswana: Effects of GBV


Date: November 22, 2012
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Key facts

  • 18% of women who were physically abused sustained injuries and over half of the injured women had to
    stay in bed for an average number of nine days.
  • A quarter of all the women interviewed suffered from STIs at some point in their lifetime.
  • Women who experienced IPV or rape were more likely to have STIs.
  • A tenth of women and above a fifth of men interviewed in this study had never tested for HIV.
  • 26% of women who experienced physical IPV in their lifetime were HIV positive.
  • 20% of women who experienced sexual IPV in their lifetime were HIV positive.
  • 15% of women who were raped in their lifetime were HIV positive.
  • 8.7% of women who experienced IPV in their lifetime attempted suicide.
  • 15% of women who were raped in their lifetime attempted suicide.
  • 11.6% of women who experienced IPV in the 12 months to the survey attempted suicide.
  • 30.8% of women who were raped in in the 12 months to the survey attempted suicide.
  • 30.4% of men agreed that in any rape case the victim has to be questioned for promiscuity while 18.2% of
    women agreed to this.
  • 18.3% of men agreed that if a woman is raped, she is to be blamed for putting herself in that situation, whilst 7.3% of women agreed to this.
  • Politicians do refer to the effects of GBV, but not on the economy or the individual. They are mostly concerned
    about the links between GBV and HIV.

Click here for more information from the GBV Indicators research.

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