Number of people experiencing domestic abuse each year:
Sri Lanka police reported a daily average of 60 complaints of domestic violence in 2018.
The Demographic and Health Survey of 2016 found that nearly one in every five ‘ever-married’ women interviewed reported experiencing intimate partner violence in the previous year.
A WHO review in 2018 found that IPV ranged from 18-72% in different populations and geographic areas of Sri Lanka. 
No research on male victims or other gender identities.
Cost of domestic abuse to the economy each year:
No research available
Estimated % change due to COVID-19:
No specific evidence but the literature refers to a general increase due to the lockdown.
Current law and policy:
In 2005 Sri Lanka passed its Prevention of Domestic Violence Act and adopted a Plan of Action for its implementation. The law does not provide for additional criminal offences, but offers a civil remedy in the form of protection orders which may be sought by or on behalf of aggrieved persons. Implementation appears to have remained difficult to achieve in practice, and a later National Action Plan relating to Human Rights reiterated commitments to implement the 2005 Plan of Action.
In 2005 Sri Lanka passed its Prevention of Domestic Violence Act. It was accompanied by a dedicated Plan of Action, setting out strategies and specific activities that aimed to facilitate awareness of the Act, develop and strengthen prevention and service provision and to ensure a coordinated response to domestic violence. These aims were built upon in the 2011 - 2016 National Action Plan for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights, which included strategies focussed on the reduction of violence against women. This included a reiterated commitment to implement the Plan of Action supporting the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act 2005 (PDOMESTIC VIOLENCEA). Domestic Violence and other forms of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) remain particularly prevalent in northern parts of Sri Lanka affected by years of civil war.
 Worldometer, “Sri Lanka Population (Live)”, (worldometers.info)
 H 22927 (E) Prevention Domestic.p65
 Plan of Action Supporting the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act
 The National Action Plan for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights
 UNHCR: Learning From Experience to Adomesticviolenceance Gender Equality: Promising Practices in Asia (2017)