In Moldova, seven out of ten women in the rural area and six out of 10 women in the urban area have suffered from at least one type of spousal/partner violence

12 December 2011, Chisinau – Seven out of ten women in the rural area and six out of ten women in the urban area of the Republic of Moldova have suffered from at least one type of spousal/partner violence over a lifetime, and 12% of total women have experienced all types of violence. These are only a few of the results concluded in the report on violence against women in the family in the Republic of Moldova, being launched today, in Chisinau, by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), in partnership with the UNDP, UN Women and UNFPA, with the support of the Swedish Embassy in Moldova.

The main objectives of this study are to provide national stakeholders with a comprehensive evidence-based knowledge on violence against women in the family in the Republic of Moldova, including underlying causes of the problem, prevalence of different types of violence, frequency and severity of occurring violent acts and the impact and consequences of it to the health and wellbeing of women and their families. Moreover, the report has underlined causes of violence, including those related to individual, cultural and socio-economic factors; and attitudes, stereotypes and believes surrounding the issue of violence against women both by the Moldovan citizens in general and the relevant policy-makers and service providers.
“The developed study has been performed for the first time by NBS, novelty of it consisting in combination of the quantitative study with the qualitative one. It is the first study, carried out in Moldova, being focused exclusively on the topic of violence against women in the family. For NBS it was a challenge because of the sensitivity of the researched topic. The toolkit of the survey has been developed on the basis of the UNECE module, thus, NBS is also contributing to the testing and fine-tuning of the statistical tools which will be approved and recommended at the international level to other countries”, Mr.Oleg Cara, Deputy Director General of NBS, has mentioned.

Matilda Dimovska, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP Moldova has stated that: „The topic of violence against women in the family and the report is both pertinent and timely as the Republic of Moldova continues with the efforts to address this pandemic issue. At least one out of every three women around the world has been abused in her lifetime - with the abuser usually someone known to her”. „On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - 25 November 2011, the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Message noted that Violence against women and girls takes many forms and is widespread throughout the globe. He also urged governments and partners around the world to help ending this pandemic of violence.  He stated that only then will we have a more just, peaceful and equitable world. The Government of Moldova, with the support of development partners has undertaken a comprehensive set of activities in combating violence against women. However, comprehensive and updated data on this issue were not adequately available in Moldova which hampered effective policy making and evidence-based resource allocation. The Report being launched today is filling this gap”, added Ms. Dimovska.

Lilia Pascal, Head of the Prevention of Violence and Insurance of Gender Equality Policy Department, by the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family, has emphasized that: „The report represents an important tool for the decision makers, the conclusions of which will be used for the improvement of the legal-normative framework on prevention and elimination of family violence and its harmonisation with the European standards, in particular the European convention regarding the preventing and combating violence against women, including family violence. The availability of this study will provide us with the opportunity to further focus on this topic, even after the campaign 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence ended on December 10.”

The mentioned report has been elaborated in the framework of the Joint UN Project on Strengthening the National Statistical System, by the National Bureau of Statistics, in partnership with UNDP, UN Women and UNFPA, and with the financial support of the Swedish Embassy in the Republic of Moldova. The Project is contributing to the strengthening of the national statistical system through the improvement of the data collection, dissemination and use of statistical information responding to the national needs and in compliance with international standards in official statistics.

The report on "Violence against women in family in the Republic of Moldova" (Rom)

Leaflet with main survey results "Violence against women in family in the Republic of Moldova" (Rom)

For more information, please contact Aurelia Spătaru, “Strengthening the National Statistical System” Project Manager, tel. (+373 22) 40.31.42, E-mail: aurelia.spataru@undp.org.