Gender-based violence can take many different forms: physical, sexual, mental and emotional, and include verbal threats, coercion, economic injury and manipulation. Violence and abusive relationships pervade every aspect of daily life—in homes, on the streets, at the workplace, in schools and within communities. And though we may not see it in front of our eyes, its presence is undeniable.

Women are disproportionately affected

The statistics on violent acts against women are both astounding and heartbreaking. The United Nations Women Organization estimates 736 million women globally have been subjected to violence, either by a partner or by someone else. Despite how large the estimate is, the total is surely more as violent acts are often