In the key findings of the "Knowledge, Attitude, and Practices on traditional practices that may perpetuate or protect Namibia from gender-based violence and discrimination" study conducted by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare in 2008, it was found that gender-based violence is still generally tolerated in most communities in Namibia. The study revealed that the percentage of those ever subjected to physical abuse was 34% (40.5% females, 27.6% males) while those subjected to mental abuse was 59% (59.5% females, 58.5% males), and those who have experienced both physical and mental abuse was 69.3% (69.7% females, 68.9% males). Among those interviewed married women are significantly more likely to have been subjected to gender-based violence than single women, regardless of age.
Source of Information
Response of the Government of Namibia to the questionnaire on violence against women 2010; Response of the Government of Namibia to the questionnaire on Beijing +15, 2009