Learning Objectives

  • An outline of the broad-based nature of women’s victimization, including an analysis of women in prostitution/sex work, forced marriage, ‘honour’-based violence and female genital mutilation.
  • A critical review of the changing official responses to violence against women.
  • A discussion on the problem of attrition in rape and domestic abuse cases.
  • An overview of the rising global concern over the victimization of women.
  • A reconceptualization of domestic violence as a human rights violation.
  • A reconceptualization of violence against women as a form of coercive control and torture.
  • A critical discussion of state responsibility and accountability with respect to violence against women.