What is Gender Based Violence?
Sexual and gender based violence (GBV) refers to any act
that is perpetuated against a person's will and is based
on gender norms and unequal power relationships. It
encompasses threats of violence and coercion.
It can be physical, emotional, psychological, or sexual in
nature, and can take the form of a denial of resources or
access to services.
The terms "gender-based violence" (GBV) and "violence
against women" (VAW) are often used interchangeably,
since most gender-based violence is perpetuated by men
against women. GBV, however, includes violence against
men, boys, and sexual minorities or those with
gender-nonconforming identities. As such, VAW is one type of
The Office of Women's Health addresses several forms of
violence. Click on the buttons below to find out more about
GBV Resource Sheet
|OWH's Work on Gender