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Population size:

67,059,887 [1]

Number of people experiencing domestic abuse each year:

Women who have experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence in their lifetime:26 %

Physical and/or Sexual Intimate Partner Violence in the last 12 months against women: 5 %

Lifetime Non-Partner Sexual Violence against women: 9 % [2]

France has one of the highest rates of homicide due to domestic abuse with 149 women being killed by their spouses in 2019 [3]

No research on male victims or other gender identities.

Cost of domestic abuse to the economy each year:

The European Institute for Gender Equality has estimated that the cost of intimate partner violence against women in France could amount to EUR 14 billion per year. This figure was calculated according to the methodology used in EIGE’s 2014 study.

Estimated % change due to COVID-19:

More than a 30% rise (10/04/2020) [4]

Current law and policy:France commits to ratify and implement the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and passes new law. France commits to ratify, at the earliest possible opportunity, the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. It has passed a new sexual harassment law and conducted an information campaign targeting harassment in the workplace. On 30 November 2012, France will also launch a national anti-violence strategy, which includes a public awareness campaign, education to ensure that young people learn the principles of respect and equality from an early age, and a professional training programme. A dedicated national body will be created to monitor the progress of the gender-based violence response programme. In July 2020, France passed a new domestic abuse law which allowed doctors to break patient confidentiality if they believe a life is in immediate danger.

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[1] The World Bank, (1).

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

Further Reading

[1] UN Women, (10).



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