Epidemiological analysis of gender violence in the European Union

Keywords: Violencia de género, Unión Europea, Epidemiología, Feminicidio


There is a great regional heterogeneity and ignorance of the current gender-based violence (GBV) situation in the different countries of the European Union (EU-28). The aim of this paper is to determine the current prevalence of GBV and femicides in the EU-28 and in Spain in particular. This study consists of an observational descriptive study (document analysis) which selects and analyses data belonging to the different modalities of GBV and femicides in the EU-28 countries. Latvia, Denmark, United Kingdom, Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Slovakia and Luxembourg possess higher rates than the EU average in all types of GBV while Finland, Hungary, Northern Ireland and Latvia possess higher prevalence rates in femicide. With respect to Spain, 0.13% of women were victims of GBV and 2.3 femicides occur for every 1.000.000 women, with Spain being among the countries with the lowest rates. It is therefore concluded that psychological abuse is the most prevalent within the EU-28, however, it is difficult to compare said data from different countries due to the lack of a common legal conceptuaisation of GBV.


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How to Cite
Meléndez-Domínguez, M., & Bermúdez, M. P. (2020). Epidemiological analysis of gender violence in the European Union. Anales De Psicología / Annals of Psychology, 36(3), 380-385. https://doi.org/10.6018/analesps.428611
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