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24/11/2018 | Document
Sexual and reproductive health

Jamaica Women’s Health Survey 2016

As is the case globally, violence against women and girls in Jamaica is driven by an intersection of cultural, economic, social and political factors that undermine women’s position in Jamaican society and reinforce notions of female subordination and male domination.

The Jamaica Women’s Health Survey 2016 is the first report to provide a comprehensive examination of the nature and prevalence of violence against women and girls in Jamaica. It examines women’s lifetime and most recent experiences of both intimate partner and nonpartner violence and abuse. The report examines abuse in multiple dimensions, both sexual and non-sexual, including economic coercion. The data that this report is based on allows for an understanding of the factors that may be associated with violence against women and girls, the impact of violence on women’s physical and mental health and various coping strategies that women have employed in response to abuse. The report also discusses women’s attitudes towards gender roles and a general profile of the perpetrators of abuse.


  • Williams, Carol W.