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Population size: 

220.9 million [1]

Number of people experiencing domestic abuse each year:

Ever-partnered women aged 15-49 reported Women who have experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence in their lifetime: 24.5 %.

Women who have experienced physical and/or Sexual Intimate Partner Violence in the last 12 months: 14.5% [2]

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:

"Government officials reported a 25% increase in domestic violence incidents during the lockdown across the eastern Punjab province, with authorities registering 3,217 cases between March and May" [3]

Current law and policy:

On March 8th 2020, Prime Minister Imran Khan committed to ensure equal rights for women. [4]

Speaking on International Women’s day 2020 the Prime Minister, Imran Khan, reaffirmed his pledge to take all measure that would help women in Pakistan lead safe, secure and prosperous lives. Furthermore, he stated that inclusive and sustainable socio - economic development in Pakistan could only be ensured by providing equal opportunities and a conducive environment to women. [5]

Pakistan has made some progress in passing domestic violence legislation, but these laws have had to contend with ingrained patriarchal notions that violence and abuse within the home are “family matters”.