Country Bahamas
Year 2009
Type of Measure Administrative data > Police
Form of Violence Sexual violence

Brief Description


The Bahamas has the highest rate of reported rapes in the world, according to a Joint Report issued in March 2007 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Latin America and the Caribbean Region of the World Bank, "Crime, Violence, and Development: Trends, Costs, and Policy Options in the Caribbean". Official figures show that 135 rape cases were reported to the police in 2007, a sharp increase on the 72 cases reported in 2006. More than 16 percent of the murders which occurred in the Bahamas in 2007 were a result of domestic violence.

Source of Information

A/HRC/WG.6/3/BHS/3 p.2 ; A/HRC/10/70 p. 4; United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Latin America and the Caribbean Region of the World Bank ""Crime, Violence, and Development: Trends, Costs, and Policy Options in the Caribbean" 2007, available online at: www.unodc.org/pdf/research/Cr_and_Vio_Car_E.pdf