Domestic violence, also called domestic abuse or intimate partner violence, is any pattern of behavior that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. It encompasses all physical, sexual, emotional, economic and psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This is one of the most common forms of violence experienced by women globally.
In this regard, economic violence involves making or attempting to make a person financially dependent by maintaining total control over financial resources, withholding access to money, partner’s money or property, allotting pocket money, controlling expenses, and forcing or forbidding the other to work or to attain a certain level of education, among others. Although it has been acknowledged as a type of violence against women, its causes and consequences have not been explored enough.
- Prof. Ruth Halperin-Kadari (Israel), Professor of Law; Founding Head of the Rackman Center; Former Vice-President UN CEDAW Committee.
- Hon. Lady Justice Martha K.Koome, EBS (Kenya), Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya.
- Dr. Merav Shmueli, Adv., Director of Policy and Legislation, Women’s Spirit
- Moderation – Ms. Christine Löw, Director, UN Women Liaison Office Geneva