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Population size: 

19,658,031 [1]

Number of people experiencing domestic abuse each year:

Women: 26.9% in last 12 months, 35.5% lifetime, 51.5% child marriage [2]

No research on male victims or other gender identities.

Cost of domestic abuse to the economy each year:

6.2% of GDP [3]

Estimated % change due to COVID-19:

No research.

Current law and policy:

No specific legislation outside of the penal code exists.The extent of legal protections against domestic violence are is the prohibition of assault, battery and rape under the general penal code. In 2018, the death of Fanta SekouFofana, the president’s secretary, suspected due to domestic violence at the hands of her husband sparked discussion around the lack of specific domestic violence protections and legislation. 



[1] The World Bank, (1)

[2] UN Women, “Global Database on Violence Against Women – Mali”, (



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