FRA Gender-Based     Violence against       Women Survey                    Massimo Toschi                Programme Manage...
FRA survey on VAW – Objectives Reliable and  comparable data on  women’s experiences  of violence For the first time  co...
VAW survey background   Request of the Council of the EU   European Parliament Resolution –    25th Nov 2009      ‘Calls...
VAW survey background (cont.)    EPSCO Council conclusions 8 March 2010     on the Eradication of Violence Against     Wo...
Timetable Experts and stakeholders consultations in 2010 Pre-test study in 2010-2011 (interviews and focus groups  discu...
Data needs  Indicators:   UN Statistics Division / UNECE indicators   Council of the EU indicators (1999)   OHCHR indic...
Survey design     Random (probability) sample of women     18 years of age and older (*)     One respondent per househo...
Survey content – in brief    Physical, sexual and psychological violence     (including stalking and sexual harassment)  ...
Survey content (cont.)    Which services were contacted (police, victim     support, health care, etc.)?    Satisfaction...
Results  For the first time data on the EU level, but does   not replace national surveys (e.g. in terms of   sample size...
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Presentation by Massimo Toschi (EU Agency for Fundamental Rights Programme Manager) on the occasion of the EESC conference on Eradicating domestic violence, 21 Sep 2012, Brussels

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Gender-Based Violence against Women Survey

  1. 1. FRA Gender-Based Violence against Women Survey Massimo Toschi Programme ManagerViolence Against Women Project Team 1
  2. 2. FRA survey on VAW – Objectives Reliable and comparable data on women’s experiences of violence For the first time covering the EU (40,000 women) Data with policy utility For the development of policies at the European, regional, and national level 2
  3. 3. VAW survey background  Request of the Council of the EU  European Parliament Resolution – 25th Nov 2009 ‘Calls for the collection and compilation by the FRA of reliable, comparable statistics on all grounds of discrimination, […] including comparative data on violence against women within the EU […]’ 3
  4. 4. VAW survey background (cont.)  EPSCO Council conclusions 8 March 2010 on the Eradication of Violence Against Women ‘Despite the progress achieved in recent years, there is still a lack of timely, reliable, accurate and comparable data, both at national and EU level, and there has still been no detailed EU-level study on violence against women. This limits understanding of the real extent of such violence and impedes the further development of national strategies and actions and an efficient response by the EU.’ 4
  5. 5. Timetable Experts and stakeholders consultations in 2010 Pre-test study in 2010-2011 (interviews and focus groups discussions to inform questionnaire development) Full-scale survey data collection in 2011-2012 – In total, interviews with over 40,000 women Analysis and release of results in 2013 5
  6. 6. Data needs Indicators:  UN Statistics Division / UNECE indicators  Council of the EU indicators (1999)  OHCHR indicators Other data needs:  CEDAW comments to the Member States  CoE Convention on preventing and combating VAW and domestic violence  CoE recommendation 2002(5)  European Parliament resolutions on VAW 6
  7. 7. Survey design  Random (probability) sample of women  18 years of age and older (*)  One respondent per household  Face-to-face interviews  Average length each interview 50 mins  Based on a standardised questionnaire  Female interviewers with specialised training 7
  8. 8. Survey content – in brief  Physical, sexual and psychological violence (including stalking and sexual harassment)  Violence by partners and non-partners  Prevalence and incidence of violence  Consequences – injuries, time off work, use of services and assessment of help received, reporting  Victimisation in childhood  Rights awareness, knowledge of services 8
  9. 9. Survey content (cont.)  Which services were contacted (police, victim support, health care, etc.)?  Satisfaction with the assistance received  Reasons for not contacting the police  Reasons for not contacting other services  What kind of help would have been useful?  Awareness of support organisations 9
  10. 10. Results  For the first time data on the EU level, but does not replace national surveys (e.g. in terms of sample size and link with national legislation)  Comparative data on the extent, nature and consequences of violence and the response (by police and other services)  Further analysis can be carried out to explore the costs of violence and to formulate outputs (e.g. handbooks) tailored for various user groups 10
  11. 11. http://fra.europa.eu 11

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