In Brazil, 30 million women will experience violence in 2022, according to the study
we are inside women’s month, but the quest for equality and a less violent world continues. A survey by the Brazilian Public Security Forum was released this Thursday (2) and the numbers are alarming. In 2022, an estimated 21.5 million women over the age of 16 were physically or sexually abused by their partners or ex-partners. and 18.6 million in Brazil were verbally or physically harassed.
In total, 30 million women claim to have experienced some form of violence. These data exceed the world average.. This is the fourth edition of the analysis entitled “Visível e Invisível”, prepared by the Datafolha Institute and supported by Uber.
How the study was conducted
The study was conducted with 2,017 people, including men and women, in 126 municipalities in Brazil between January 9 and 13, 2023. This scenario shows that In 2022, 50,692 women were abused every day. Compared to previous surveys, violence against women has increased in all forms. Manifestations of verbal violence, psychological and aggression, strangulation, beating, threats with firearms, etc.
These numbers are so frightening that analysis shows that if all victims reported what happened, there would be no professionals attending them. It is also worrying that the number of complaints remains low, 45% of the victims did nothing, only 14% reported the violence to the police department.
According to the study, 33.4% of Brazilian women aged 16 and over have been physically or sexually abused by an intimate partner in their lifetime. 24.5% reported being subjected to physical aggression such as slapping, hitting and kicking, and 21.1% were forced to have sex against their will. When psychological violence, such as humiliation, name-calling, and name-calling, the percentage of women who have experienced some form of intimate partner violence reaches 43%.
Comparison with global data
Compared with global data from 366 studies in 161 countries between 2000 and 2018, this figure shows that 27% of women aged 15 to 49 have experienced physical or sexual violence perpetrated by a partner or former intimate partner, with 13% experienced violence. in the last 12 months. These numbers show that this is a global problem, but in Brazil it stands out.
28.9% of Brazilian women reported experiencing violence or aggression in the past 12 months. This is the highest verified prevalence since this analysis was published, meaning it is the highest historical record of abuse. Based on the latest survey, the increase was 4.5 percentage points.
Who are the biggest victims of violence?
Female violence is higher among black women (48%), pre-primary school age (49%), children (44.4%), divorced (65.3%), and the 25 to 34 age group (48.9%). Of all women who have experienced violence or aggression, 65.6% are black.
Lack of investment in state policy is one of the hypotheses for the increase in violence
This increase in violence has a political background as a symptom, the research “Visível e Invisível” shows that the lack of investment in women’s political issues is one of the reasons. The administration of the former Minister of Women, Family and Human Rights, Damares Alves, had one of the lowest figures for spending on women’s protection. “If you don’t have money, you can’t offer a service to those who are on the edge, the victim,” explains Samira Bueno, executive director of the Brazilian Forum for Public Security.
Inesc (Institute for Socio-Economic Research) showed that the federal budget for combating violence against women in 2022 was the lowest in the last four years. Samira Bueno also points to the lack of reception services during the pandemic. Services have been interrupted or have run out of resources.
Another hypothesis of the “Visível e Invisível” research is the promotion of far-right groups. Another analysis published in 2019 by Australia’s Monash University in partnership with UN Women found that people who support violence against women are three times more likely to agree with violent politics and religion than supporting spread of ideologies.