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Domestic Violence
The Gender Secretariat has conducted a nationwide survey on domestic violence, to investigate its extent, causes and consequences in the Seychelles context. Preliminary findings suggest that domestic violence is a significant social problem that affects both men and women. From a random sample of the population aged above 15 years old:
National Strategy on Domestic Violence

As a sign of Government’s commitment to addressing the problem of domestic violence the President of the Republic announced in the 2007 State-of-the-Nation Address, a proposal for a Domestic Violence National Strategy.
  • 42% of women and 36% of men admitted to having experienced emotional abuse by an intimate partner
  • 27% of women and 23% of men have experienced moderate physical violence
  • 28% of women and 26% of men admitted to being a victim of severe physical violence, and
  • 11% of women admitted to having been raped by an intimate partner
Although at the superficial level preliminary findings of the study indicated that an almost equal proportion of men and women reported having been victims of domestic violence, in-depth analysis has later confirmed established theory that the meaning and consequence of violence has a substantial qualitative difference to women than men. For example: 33% of women suffered from aches and pains as a direct consequence of violence incidents compared to only 16% of men.

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Moreover the findings also indicate that domestic violence directed at women by male perpetrators may have been functional as: 17% of women reported bruises to the face compared to only 6% of men.
This indicates that perpetrators specifically target the face causing visible injuries as a possible control mechanism, i.e. social isolation caused by embarrassment of exposing signs of violence.

Alarmingly 8 women reported to having contracted HIV/AIDS and 21 women reported to becoming pregnant as a consequence of being raped by an intimate partner.
This is a significant number considering the size of the study sample and the small size of the national population.