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Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

Population Size:


Number of People Experiencing Domestic Abuse Each Year:

26% of women reported having experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime,[2] while 22% reported experiencing such in the last 12 months.[3]

No research on male victims or other gender identities.

Cost of Domestic Abuse to the Economy Each Year:

No research.

Estimated % Change due to COVID-19:

No research.

Current Law and Policy:

There is no law addressing domestic violence in Côte d’Ivoire and the government has made no commitments to ending domestic violence. In the period from 2014-2016, the National Strategy for Combatting Gender-Based Violence was implemented but post-2016, when this strategy ended, no action on this issue has been taken.

The only provisions that can be invoked in matters of domestic violence are the general provisions on assault in the Criminal Code. The 2014-2016 National Strategy defined ‘domestic violence’ as “physical, sexual, psychological and economic violence”. It included specific measures regarding the prevention of violence, the provision of multi-sectoral services for victims, including emergency shelters and comprehensive and accessible health services, guidelines and protocols for professionals, budgetary commitments and awareness-raising and education campaigns.



[1] Worldometer, “Côte d’Ivoire Population (Live)”, (

[2] National Institute of Statistics and Demographics and ICF International, “Multiple Health and Demographic Indicators in Côte d’Ivoire”, (2012), Study.

[3] ibid.

Further Reading

[1] OECD, “Côte d’Ivoire”, (2019), Social Institutions and Gender Index.



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