Interpersonal violence is violence directed against another person and includes child maltreatment, elder maltreatment, intimate partner violence, sexual violence and youth violence. Homicides are down 34% since 2000 in the Region (more than double the global average reduction), yet 99 people are still murdered every day.
Deaths due to violence represent only a fraction of the total impact of violence and the prevalence of non-fatal violence in certain countries of the Western Pacific Region is among the highest in the world. Evidence shows that a quarter (24.6%) of women in low- and middle-income countries in the Region have experienced physical or sexual violence at the hands of an intimate partner. Prevalence of women's experience of intimate partner violence ranges from 15–68%. Other highly prevalent forms of violence include youth violence and child maltreatment. According to the Global School Health Survey, between 12–71% of children in select countries of the Region have been involved in a physical confrontation and 18%–74% have been recently bullied. In China, physical violence against children has been estimated at 26%, at the cost of more than US$ 50 billion every year.
Through the Global Status Report on Violence Prevention, WHO has quantified the burden of interpersonal violence and documented details of national responses including enforced legislation and evidence-based programmes for the various forms of interpersonal violence including "domestic violence" laws, firearms laws, adult and child protective services and medico-legal services for survivors of sexual violence.
24.6%of women in low- and middle-income countries in the Western Pacific Region have experienced violence by an intimate partner.Fact sheet on violence against women