Domestic violence


The term of intimate partner violence includes a wide range of sexually, psychologically and physically coercive acts perpetrated against adult or adolescent women by a current or former intimate partner, without their consent.

Physical violence involves the deliberate use of physical force, strength, or a weapon to harm or injure a woman. Sexual violence includes abusive sexual contact, forcing a woman to engage in sexual acts against her consent, attempted or completed sex acts with a woman who is ill, disabled, under restraint or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Psychological violence includes controlling or isolating the woman, and humiliating or embarrassing her. Economic violence involves denying a woman access to and control over basic resources. Administrative violence refers to depriving a woman of her identification papers (residence permit, ID card, family records, passport, etc.). Once left undocumented, it is impossible for immigrant victims to prove their nationality, legalise their immigration status or defend their rights.

Key figures


  • In France, 121 women were killed by their current or former life partner in 2013. Victims of intimate-partner violence accounted for nearly 20% of all homicides recorded in the country during the same year. Every year, one out of 10 women is a victim of domestic violence. [source: Study published by the French ministries of Interior and of Women’s Rights on 7 May 2014]
  • According to research conducted in 2004 by the Women’s Federation, 25 to 30% of Chinese women are victims of domestic violence during their lifetime.

Focus on Asia

Acts of violence perpetrated against women by their current or former life partner are the most widespread form of violence against women worldwide. In China, it is estimated that 25 to 30% of the country’s 630 million women are subjected to domestic violence during their lifetime. Every year, the Women’s Federation hotline (phone number 12338 from China) handles around 50,000 cases of domestic violence (government data).

Fighting domestic violence requires combined initiatives at all levels by all societal stakeholders: family, individuals, local community, civil society. A law protecting the rights and interests of women was enacted in China in 1998, reasserting the principle of the State authorities’ responsibility for preventing and eradicating intimate-partner violence, and providing assistance to the victims. However, the law fails to provide for any recourse for prosecuting the perpetrators, and reporting rates on this type of violence are extremely low in the country since such behaviours are regarded as private. Some progress has nevertheless been observed. For instance, in 2010-2012, UNIFEM (UN Development Fund for Women) and the Chinese government established a special prevention and response programme specifically targeting domestic violence in China.

Key dates

6 February

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

8 March

International Women’s Day (UN)  


Sexual Awareness month


11 October

International Day of the Girl Child

25 November

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

10 december

Human Rights Day

Projets supported by the Foundaion

D.i.Re (Donne in Rete contro la violenza)

Combatting domestic violence in ItalyFounded in 2008, D.i.Re is the first Italian Association that gathers the 65 independent women’s centres and shelters against violence in Italy. D.i.Re intends to coordinate and promote activities in order to start and facilitate a cultural change on violence against women in Italian society. The main idea of cultural change is based on men’s violence against women, gender differences and traditional ideas of family and society, still present today,... Read more
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FNSF (Fédération Nationale Solidarité Femmes)

Breaking the taboo on domestic violence“Kering and its brands feel that the company is a unique setting to develop awareness about the issue of domestic violence”. François-Henri PinaultThe Kering Foundation forges long-term links with its partners to sustain the viability of their projects and impacts over the long run. Its partnership with the Fédération Nationale Solidarité Femmes (FNSF) is a perfect illustration of this commitment. Initiated in2009, it has kept growing over the... Read more

NAESV and NNEDV on raising awareness about violence against women

 The Kering Foundation, the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) have joined forces to raise awareness about violence against women among the general public and Kering collaboratorsUnder the partnership, the three organizations have developed a training program for all 1,200 US-based employees of Kering Corporate and the Group’s luxury Maisons. The program provides teams with correct know-how to intervene should they... Read more
Signature Women's Aid

Women’s Aid

∞ Following similar charters signed in France and Italy, the Kering Foundation now commits to roll out training programmes across all Kering brands in the UK, another one of its key areas of actionRaising awareness amongst Kering employees in the UKThe Charter will engage 1,260 UK-based Kering employees in a two-year programme to combat domestic violence against women. François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering and President of the Kering Foundation, and Polly Neate, Chief... Read more

HER Fund, combating domestic violence in Hong Kong

The Kering Corporate Foundation has embarked on a three-year partnership with HER Fund. As part of the partnership, the Kering Foundation will provide financial support to fund innovative projects run by women’s rights organizations in Hong Kong to address domestic violence issues and empower marginalized women. To ensure the effective implementation of projects, and in addition to this funding, HER Fund will also run workshops and training sessions for these women’s rights... Read more
maple center beijing

Maple Center

Fighting against domestic violence in ChinaThe Maple Women's Psychological Counseling Center Beijing (MWPCCB), is a non-profit women's organization founded in 1992 by Ms. Wang Xingjuan and a group of women intellectuals dedicated to women's cause. As a voluntary organization, its mission is to research on and serve women (slogan: women study women's issue, women educate women, women help women). MWPCCB offers psychological support and helps victims in emergency situation through multi-sector... Read more

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