Violence against women widespread in Eastern Europe – POLITICO

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Three billboards near the police headquarters in Pristina, Kosovo, remind passersby of the murders of two women by their husbands on women’s day, 2018 | Armend Nimani/AFP via Getty Images

Women in 8 countries report sexual harassment, stalking and domestic abuse.



Seventy percent of women in eight Eastern European countries have experienced sexual harassment, stalking, domestic abuse or other types of violence since the age of 15, according to a study published on Wednesday.

Psychological violence, such as controlling or abusive behavior, is the most widespread form of domestic violence reported in the survey, carried out by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Sixty percent of women said they have experienced this type of violence. Twenty-three percent said they had been physically of sexually abused by their partner.

The study is based on over 15,000 face-to-face interviews in spring and summer 2018 in eight countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine.

The study found 74 percent of women did not feel well informed about what to do if they experience violence. Only 7 percent of women who experience violence from their current partner contacted the police directly following a serious violent…

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