Violence towards women

Lorraine Tournyol du Clos, Institut national des hautes études de sécurité, Thomas Le Jeannic, division Conditions de vie des ménages, Insee

There are many types of violence towards women: not including assaults suffered in their current family setting, 6% of women aged 18 to 59 were insulted because of their gender in 2005 or 2006, 2.5% were physically assaulted and 1.5% claimed to have been raped or to have suffered an attempted rape. In the latter case, one in five was perpetrated by the woman's ex-partner and half of victims knew their attacker. Sexual violence is less common within households, but the reverse is true of physical violence. Women with no qualifications are three times more likely to suffer domestic violence than more qualified women. Unwanted caresses, kisses and other acts are the most common types of sexual harassment, and in a quarter of cases they happen in the workplace.

Insee Première
No 1180
Paru le : 21/02/2008