Violence against women VAW , also known as gender-based violence  and sexual and gender-based violence SGBV ,  are violent acts primarily or exclusively committed against women or girls. Such violence is often considered a form of hate crime ,  committed against women or girls specifically because they are female , and can take many forms. VAW has a very long history, though the incidents and intensity of such violence have varied over time and even today vary between societies. Such violence is often seen as a mechanism for the subjugation of women, whether in society in general or in an interpersonal relationship. Such violence may arise from a sense of entitlement , superiority , misogyny or similar attitudes in the perpetrator or his violent nature, especially against women. The UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women states, "violence against women is a manifestation of historically unequal power relations between men and women" and "violence against women is one of the crucial social mechanisms by which women are forced into a subordinate position compared with men.
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Facts and figures: Ending violence against women
Here is the grim reality, in numbers: A third of all women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, half of women killed worldwide were killed by their partners or family, and violence perpetrated against women is as common a cause of death and incapacity for those of reproductive age, as cancer, and a greater cause of ill health than road accidents and malaria combined. It damages flesh and reverberates in memory. Mlambo-Ngcuka stressed, adding that consequences of a one-time act can sprawl into damaging long-term effects. Women who experience physical or sexual abuse are twice as likely to have an abortion, and the experience nearly doubles their likelihood of falling into depression.
Global and regional estimates of violence against women: prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence , p. Global Study on Homicide , p. Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 8 , p. Is every child counted?