Definitions and Statistics


Physical violence:
Slapping, choking, or punching her. Using hands or objects as weapons. Threatening her with a knife or gun. Committing murder.

Sexual violence:
Using threats, intimidation, or physical force to force her into unwanted sexual acts. Showing her pornography against her will.

Emotional or verbal violence:
Cursing, yelling, or insulting her. Making degrading comments about her body or behaviour. Forcing her to commit degrading acts. Confining her to the house. Destroying her possessions. Threatening to kill her or the children. Threatening to commit suicide.

Financial violence:
Stealing or controlling her money or valuables. Not contributing money to run the household. Forcing her to work. Denying her the right to work.

Spiritual violence:
Using her religious or spiritual beliefs to manipulate, dominate, and control her.

Criminal harassment/stalking:
Following her or watching her in a persistent, malicious, and unwanted manner. Invading her privacy in a way that threatens her personal safety.


  • 1 in 3 women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.
  • Four UN agencies interviewed 10,000 men across seven countries in the Asia-Pacific, with startling results. 1 in 4 said they had raped a woman or girl, while 1 in 25 admitted to taking part in gang rape.
  • Singapore ranked 57 out of 137 in the 2011 Global Gender Gap report with a score of 0.691, with 0 representing inequality and 1 representing equality
  • 1 in 10 women in Singapore has experienced physical violence or abuse by a male.
  • 6 in 10 victims of violence in Singapore suffer repeated victimisation.
  • More than 70% of such cases in Singapore are not reported to the police.
  • More than 2 cases a week reach AWARE’s Sexual Assault Befrienders Service.
  • The We Can Campaign was launched in South Asia in 2004. It has since signed up 3.7 million people across 6 countries to the Campaign.
  • Almost all Change Makers interviewed (91%) showed change at some level due to activities of the We Can Campaign

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