Population size: 

5.1 million [1]

Number of people experiencing domestic abuse each year:

61.7% of ever married women in the Palestinian Territory were exposed to psychological violence, 23.3% exposed to physical violence, and 10.9% exposed to sexual violence at least once by husband during the year 2005. 25.6% of men in the Palestinian Territory were exposed to psychological abuse, and 4.2% exposed to phsycial abuse at least once by the wife during the year 2005. [2]

In the Gaza Region, approximately, 15 per cent of married women experienced incidents of sexual abuse by husbands over the previous year. More than half of these experienced it repeatedly (3+ times). [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:

A tally combined by Tal'at, an independent political feminist movement that organised the campaign, 11 Palestinian women have been killed as a result of domestic violence so far this year, with five of the fatalities occurring since the implementation of the lockdown in early March

Assiwar (a women's support NGO) reported that the number of calls received in recent weeks risen by 30%.

Palestinian Working Women Society for Development (PWWSD) counselling hotline received 924 calls between March 22 and April 15. [4]

Current law and policy:

There are no laws against domestic abuse. The police, social services and medical professionals lack training to assist when they encounter a domestic abuse case. There is a huge reliance on the family to resolve domestic disputes which favours the generally male perpetrator. [5]



[1] Worldometer, “Palestine Population (Live)”, (

[2] Palestinian National Authority Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics: Domestic Violence Survey (December, 2005- January, 2006)

[3] UN Women (2017). Navigating through Shattered Paths: NGO Service Providers and Women Survivors of Gender-Based Violence: An Assessment of GBV Services in Gaza