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15 Countries with Highest Rates of Domestic Violence in the World in 2018

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We may believe that domestic violence is a thing of the past in the civilized world, but for these 15 countries with highest rates of domestic violence in the world in 2018, it’s very much alive.

Domestic violence affects people at all levels of economic status and it occurs across the world, in different cultures. We tend to think of domestic violence as violence against women primarily, but it is not so. A great number of men are victims too, and so are children. The fact we believe men are not so often victims of domestic violence is that they are less likely to report the abuse, due to shame or whatever other reasons. That affects any study you wish to conduct on domestic violence, as we don’t really know how many victims are there.

Countries with Highest Rates of Domestic Violence in the World in 2018

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The numbers are still terrifying despite the fact that the society has evolved so much. This leads us to wonder whether we have evolved at all if we still think we have the right to physically attack someone if we don’t like something. While this is debatable, domestic violence world statistics aren’t. In some countries, violence is justified and even legal. It is estimated that over 600 million women live in countries where domestic violence is legal according to the United Nations. WHO states that 1 in 3 women worldwide has experienced some sort of violence, physical or sexual. There is no legislation against domestic violence in the countries, unfortunately, and this tells us how grave the situation is. Burkina Faso, Cameroon, and Yemen are just a few of the 15 biggest countries where domestic violence is legal. The seriousness of the problem was previously discussed in our list of 11 countries with the highest rates of domestic violence in the world.

Furthermore, although there is still not enough research on the issue, certain professions have been associated with domestic violence in particular, as you may see in 10 Professions with Highest Rate of Domestic Violence. The list includes jobs both belonging to abusers as well as victims.

On the other hand, it appears that North America is among countries with lowest domestic violence, as opposed to countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. In some cultures, women endure the oppression due to religious belief or lack of choices. Children and women are beaten and abused, but since in many countries there are no laws that would punish the abuser, the victims remain silent.

When we talk about domestic violence statistics by country, the real number of victims is elusive for all the reasons mentioned above, so it is difficult to rank the countries. We cannot possibly know how many men are abused as they tend to remain silent about their experiences. Not to mention that there are little to no reports at all for the year 2018. On the other hand, there are sufficient reports on domestic violence against women and children (young girls) for the previous years, so we turned to these reports when compiling our list.

Our list is based on reports of domestic violence against women and children by WHO and Unicef. According to WHO (domestic violence world statistics report was updated last year), African countries have the highest rates of domestic violence, as well as South-East Asia, the Americas, and the Eastern Mediterranean. The domestic violence statistics in the Middle East are quite shocking which is why we simply had to include those countries in our list. What is even more shocking are the female homicide rates by country, where Russia and South Africa are the “winners”.

These are the 15 countries with highest rates of domestic violence in the world in 2018.

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