Thu, 05 Oct 2023

The 'Ending Violence Against Women and Girls: Experiences and attitudes of adults in Northern Ireland in 2022' report published by The Executive Office today presents statistics relating to people's personal experiences of a gender-based violence, their attitudes on the acceptability of violent acts or behaviours, what they would do if they saw gender-based violence and who they would report it to.

Some of the key findings include:

  • One in five respondents (22%) have experienced at least one type of gender-based violence (physical, sexual, psychological, economic, online) in the last five years.
  • Psychological violence was the most frequently experienced type of violence (by 16% of respondents) in the last five years.
  • One in ten females (11%) and one in 50 males (2%) experienced sexual violence in the last five years.
  • Younger respondents (18-39 years) experienced more gender-based violence than their older counterparts.
  • One in four respondents (25%), who were aged 18-39, experienced psychological violence and almost one in five (18%) experienced online violence.
  • Respondents with no religion and those with religion other than Catholic or Protestant, experienced more sexual violence, psychological violence, and online violence than those whose religion was Catholic or Protestant.
  • A significantly greater proportion of respondents with disabilities experienced all types of violence compared to respondents without disabilities.
  • One in five respondents (21%) found catcalling or wolf whistling acceptable behaviours.
  • One in three males (29%) and one in ten females (10%) found posting a 'joke' or making comments of a sexual nature online acceptable.
  • Three quarters of respondents (77%) would intervene if they saw someone, they personally know, telling a rape joke about women.
  • Nine in ten respondents (91%) would intervene if they saw someone, they personally know, touching, hugging or kissing a woman or a girl against her will.
  • If they were a victim of gender-based violence, respondents would most likely report it first to their spouse or partner, a close friend or family member, or the police.

The report is available on the Statistics and Research Branch website at:

Further information relating to the collection and production of the statistics can be obtained by contacting:

Irene Hanna
Statistics and Research Branch, The Executive Office
Block 2 | Knockview Buildings | Stormont | Belfast | BT4 3SR
Telephone: 028 9052 8215

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