In June 2013 the World Health Organisation published a report in conjunction with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on the prevalence and health effects of violence against women.
A summary of the statistics released include:
- violence by an intimate partner is the most common type of violence affecting 30% of women worldwide
- 38% of all women who were murdered were murdered by their intimate partner
- 42% of women who had experienced physical or sexual abuse by their partners had injuries as a result
- 23.2% of women in high income countries experience intimate partner violence, in SE Asia it's 37.7%, Africa 36.6%, 29.8% in the Americas, 25.4% in Europe & 24.6%* in the Western Pacific
* Europe here is defined as low & middle income countries. the Uk and France, for example, would be included in the high income countries group.
The full report can be downloaded here