Psychological violence


42% of all women interviewed in the prevalence study “Life Situation, Health and Safety of Women in Germany” (2004) have experienced psychological violence. This includes intimidation, aggressive shouting, slander, threats and humiliation, as well as psychological terror.

According to cultural prejudices and myths, men carry out physical violence more often, whilst women tend instead to resort to psychological violence.

The findings of the study carried out in 2004 clearly refute this myth: Because women also experience psychological violence much more often through men. In the study, 47% of the people concerned reported that they had exclusively or predominantly experienced, for example, threats, humiliations or insults perpetrated by men; 32% equally by men and women and only 20% exclusively or