Violence against Women and Citizen Security: Synopsis
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Women and young men are the groups most affected by violence in Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC). While ur-ban violence is predominant among males, the level of vio-lence against women (VAW) is rising as one of the most widespread violations of human rights, with reported femicide rates as high as 13.4 per 100,000. In addition to violent femicide, VAW includes physical, sexual, and emotional violence, all of which have profound costs for women, their families, and society at large. Between 17 and 50 percent of women ever married or in union in the LAC region have, at some point in their lives, experienced one form or another of such abuse. Although data are limited, the problem seems to be greater in the Andean region than in other sub-regions.