Who is the victim of domestic violence?

According to the statistics, women are more often suffering domestic violence with men. This is preconditioned by the gender discrimination on one hand, and since women can not oppose and physically defend themselves against the male perpetrators on the other, which makes them more vulnerable to the violence of any sort, including sexual harassment. The study, that was deployed by GOPA branch in Tajikistan in the beginning of 2019 covered married women/men of 18-49 years of age in Dushanbe and Khatlon province* demonstrated that 49,2% of interviewed women faced at least one type of physical violence throughout the recent year, this number for men is 3,7% men victims of violence. Certain experts note that over the recent period there is an increase in number of men victims of domestic violence, nonetheless the prevalence of women victims of violence is still preserved, similarly there are more women seeking help in cases of violence. The very same study had showed that 28,3% of women were injured as a result of violence of their husband, whereas of the interviewed male respondents none were physically injured. Psychological violence is widespread type of violence faced by men, nevertheless women are more vulnerable to all four types of domestic violence. Unfortunately, the risks of domestic violence exist not only for men and women. Individuals of any gender and age, specifically minors and elderly people, people with physical and mental disabilities are facing the very same risk regardless of well being. Any person can face domestic violence at certain periods of life, both in ones own family and in the family of relatives and close people. That is why, understanding of the problem, extending any support, assistance and help, providing protection that might be required for the victims of violence is of crucial importance.

* — The study «Prevention of domestic violence» (population survey) was carried out by the GOPA branch in the Republic of Tajikistan, in Khatlon province in January-February 2019 (in Bohtar, Vakhsh, Kushoniyon, Balkhi, Levakant, Khuroson, Panj, Shahritus and Khamadoni district) and in Dushanbe

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