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Violence and Injuries Prevention

Understanding the use of violence by men against women: results from the IMAGES survey in Brazil, Chile and Mexico

A growing social and political concern that has guided several studies in the field of masculinities relates to why men in Latin America (and globally) are the majority of perpetrators of violent acts that endanger women, children and other men. Masculine socialization and rigid norms of traditional masculinities, among other factors, promote and sustain violence in social, occupational, familial and relationship contexts. In certain contexts, like gangs or peer groups, many of these behaviors and practices reinforce masculine violence patterns. Men’s violence is also associated with other negative behaviors, such as alcohol or the use of weapons, that facilitate or potentiate violence (WHO, 2003). 

Violence against women is a prevalent form of masculine violence, affecting 1 out of every 3 women globally. In this document, authors use data from the “International Men and Gender Equality Survey” (IMAGES) from Brazil, Chile and Mexico to explore the risk factors associated with men’s use of violence against women.  The objective of this publication is to facilitate access to regionally-specific data on violence against women in the region of Latin America in order to advance evidence-based strategies to prevent and address violence against women in the region.

icon Comprendiendo el ejercicio de violencia de los hombres hacia las mujeres: algunos resultados de la encuesta IMAGES Brasil, Chile y México

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 17:19

Violence against Women in Latin America and the Caribbean: A public health problem of epidemic proportions

“Throughout the world, women are more likely than men to suffer violence and injuries by people who are close to them, like husbands and boyfriends.  In spite of the fact that violence against women is now included in many international agendas, the decision makers in Latin America should give greater priority to this issue, due to the prevalence of this type of violence and its negative consequences concerning health, economy and human rights.”

Understanding and Addressing Violence Against Women

    The information sheets in this series were jointly developed by the WHO and the Pan American Health Organization in order to summarize what is known about various aspects of violence against women with the aim of facilitating access to high quality data and promoting evidence-based policy and programs.  This series is aimed at program managers, practitioners, researchers, policy-makers and others working in a wide range of sectors and in every country. Some information sheets address specific forms of violence against women, while others address related health and social issues, such as HIV, intersections with child maltreatment, costs and consequences, and promising practices to address violence against women.

    icon Overview
    icon Intimate Partner Violence
    icon Sexual Violence
    icon Femicide
    icon Human Trafficking
    icon Female Genital Mutilation
    icon Health Consequences

Leer sobre/ descargar las hojas informativas en español aquí 


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