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Figure5: Experiences of violence and abuse over lifetime
32.9% of rural and 32% of urban women experienced minor physical abuse such as
being slapped, pushed or shoved by a current or ex-partner, and 19.3% of rural and
17.4% of urban women experienced serious physical abuse which includes being
punched or kicked by a current or ex-partner. 7.2% of rural and 6.1% of urban women
experienced physical abuse with a weapon at some point in their lifetime.
Respondents were asked about various forms of non-physical abuse by their current or
ex-partners. 34.3% of rural and 33.6% of urban women experienced emotional abuse,
for example name calling or being put down; 29.1% of rural women and 29.3% of urban
women identified as having experienced psychological abuse such as being accused of
things they haven’t done; controlling behaviour, such as being told what to wear or
where they can go, was experienced by 24.6% of rural and 24.4% of urban women; and
17% of rural and 15.4% of urban women reported enforced isolation from friends and
family.
In relation to sexual violence, 10.5% of rural and 10.6% of urban women had
experienced attempted rape; 11.6% of rural and 11.9% of rural women stated that they
had been raped at some point in their lifestyle.
The data identifies that there are very few differences in the types and levels of violence
and abuse that rural and urban women experienced. Over a third of these women have
experienced physical violence, with nearly a fifth being subject to extreme violence, over
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