Dating violence against women
Violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights.
Its impact ranges from immediate to long-term multiple physical, sexual and mental consequences for women and girls, including death.
It has tremendous costs, from greater health care and legal expenses and losses in productivity, impacting national budgets and overall development.
Decades of mobilizing by civil society and women’s movements have put ending gender-based violence high on national and international agendas.
Solving the systemic problem of dating violence that impacts so many women requires creating an atmosphere of transparency of incidents, heightened accountability for offenders, and support and advocacy for victims.
These conditions must be cultivated in both everyday life as well as in institutional paradigms.
They feel that, even though they’re strong, independent people in other aspects of their lives, they have abdicated their power and personal autonomy for the sake of maintaining a relationship.
In these situations, to flee an abusive relationship means practically starting life over with limited to no financial resources.
Some are forced to decide between losing their financial stability and trying to navigate and “manage” the cycles of abuse.
It negatively affects women’s general well-being and prevents women from fully participating in society.
Violence not only has negative consequences for women but also their families, the community and the country at large.