Table 1 Technical description of national and international surveys on violence against women
Name of the surveyCountryYearType of violenceSampleAdministration
Women’s Safety SurveyAustralia1996Physical/sexual/emotional violenceRandom sample of 6300 women of 18 years of age or moreTelephone
Not specifiedDenmark1991Physical violenceRandom sample 1000 women and 1,000 men over 15 years of ageTelephone
Canadian Violence Against Women Survey (VAWS)Canada1993Fear for personal safety. Harassment and sexual abuse. Physical violence. ThreatsRandom sample: 12 300 women of 18 years of age or more who are married or living with their partnerTelephone
National Violence Against Women Survey (NVAWS)USA1996–7Physical violence/rape/harassmentRandom sample: 8000 men and 8000 women of 18 years of age or moreTelephone
National Survey on Violence Against WomenFinland1997Physical/sexual/emotional violenceRandom sample: women between 18 and 74 years of agePost
ENVEFF (Enquête nationale sur les violences envers les femmes en France)France2000Psychological/verbal/physical/sexual violenceRandom sample: 6970 women between 20 and 59 years of ageOne on one interview
Not specifiedItaly2004Psychological/economic/physical/sexual violenceRandom sample: 30 000 between 18 and 70 years of ageTelephone
Not specifiedIreland1995Physical/mental/sexual violenceRandom sample: 679 women of 18 years of age or morePost
Not specifiedIceland1996Physical violenceRandom sample 3000 men and women over 15 years of ageTelephone
Encuesta nacional sobre violencia contra las mujeres (ENVIM)Mexico2003Physical/emotional/sexual/economic violenceRandom sample of 26 042 women over 15 years of age who use the health serviceOne on one interview
Women’s Safety SurveyNew Zealand1996Physical/sexual/emotional violenceRandom sample: 500 women of 15 years of age or moreTelephone/one on one interview
National Survey of Wife AbuseThe Netherlands1986Physical violence/sexual aggressionRandom sample: women between 20 and 60 years of ageOne on one interview
Not specifiedPortugal1995Physical/psychological violence/sociocultural discriminationRandom sample: 1000 women of 18 years of age or moreOne on one interview
Violence Against Women SurveySouth Africa1998Economic/emotional/physical and sexual violenceNon-probabilistic sample: 1000 womenOne on one interview
National Survey on Violence Against WomenSweden2002Physical/sexual violence. Threats. Sexual harassment/controlling behaviourRepresentative sample: 6926 women between 18 and 64 years of agePostal
Not specifiedSwitzerland1994Physical/sexual/psychological violenceRepresentative sample: 1519 between 20 and 60 years of age who have a partner or are recently separatedTelephone
WHO Violence Against Women InstrumentInternational1997Physical/sexual/emotional violenceWomen between 15 and 49 years of ageOne on one interview
International Violence Against Survey (IVAWS)International2002–3Physical/sexual violenceWomen between 18 and 69 years of ageTelephone