Fact Sheet Botswana: Extent of GBV

Fact Sheet Botswana: Extent of GBV

Date: November 22, 2012
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Key facts

  • Of all women interviewed in the study, 67.3% had experienced some form of GBV in their lifetime. 44.4% of all men said they perpetrated some form of violence.
  • The term Intimate Partner Violence or “IPV” in this study describes physical, sexual, economic or emotional harm by a current or former partner or spouse.
  • The most common form of GBV experienced by women is IPV with 62.3% women reporting lifetime experience and 47.7% of men disclosing perpetration.
  • The most common form of IPV is emotional followed by physical, economic, and sexual violence.
  • Almost equal proportions of women (11%) said they had experienced, and men (10.7%) said they had perpetrated
  • rape in their lifetime.
  • Of all the women interviewed, 16% experienced attempted rape while 2.2% of the men in the sample disclosed attempted rape of a non-partner.
  • Almost a quarter of women who were ever pregnant (24%) experienced abuse during their pregnancy.
  • Almost a quarter (23%) of all the women interviewed said they had experienced sexual harassment at school, work, in public transport or at the healer’s.
  • Only 4.7% of women who experienced physical abuse and sustained injuries through an intimate partner sought medical attention, and 7.1% reported the abuse to the police.
  • 9.9% of all women experienced being forced to have sex with someone who was not their partner and 4.9% of the men said they had done this.
  • Only one in nine women raped reported this to the police. One in seven women reported the rape to a medical professional.

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