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European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights: Violence Against Women Survey, 2012: Special Licence Access

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SN: 7730
Title: European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights: Violence Against Women Survey, 2012: Special Licence Access
Alternative title: FRA Violence Against Women Survey Survey
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-7730-1
Depositor: European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
Principal investigator(s): European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
Other acknowledgements: Data collection was managed by Ipsos MORI, in collaboration with the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI), and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).


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European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). (2015). European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights: Violence Against Women Survey, 2012: Special Licence Access. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 7730,

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Crime and law enforcement - Law, crime and legal systems
Health services and medical care - Health
Mental health - Health


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The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has carried out the first survey on women's experiences of violence across the 28 Member States of the European Union (EU). The survey responds to calls of the Council of the EU and the European Parliament for comparable data on violence against women. Before the FRA survey, available data across the EU on the scale and nature of women's experiences of violence was fragmented and with many gaps. Existing administrative data (e.g. based on incidents recorded by the police) is not comparable across countries, and many incidents are never reported to the authorities or other service providers. Results from national surveys can also not be reliably compared due to differences in question formulation and survey methodology. Furthermore, some EU Member States have not carried out national surveys on violence against women, or the available data is old.

The FRA survey is based on face-to-face interviews with 42,000 women across the EU, who were selected based on random sampling. They were asked about their experiences of physical, sexual and psychological violence, including incidents of intimate partner violence ('domestic violence'). The survey also included questions on stalking, sexual harassment, experiences of violence in childhood by adult perpetrators, safety and fear of crime, as well as awareness of laws and support services. While all respondents were asked about experiencing various forms of violence in order to establish the prevalence of violence, women who had been victims of violence were asked further details about the nature and consequences of the incidents. These data can be analysed both at the EU-level and at the Member State level to assess and to develop policies to combat violence against women.

Further information and publications can be found on the FRA website. The survey data can also be explored online using the FRA's Data Explorer.

Main Topics:
The main topics include: violence against women; intimate partner violence; non-partner violence; physical violence; sexual violence; psychological violence; stalking; domestic violence; feelings of safety; fear of crime; sexual harassment; experience of violence in childhood; rights awareness; consequences of violence; prevalence of violence; victimisation.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: March 2012 - September 2012
Country: Austria | Belgium | Bulgaria | Croatia | Cyprus | Czech Republic | Denmark | Estonia | Finland | France | Germany (October 1990-) | Greece | Hungary | Ireland | Italy | Latvia | Lithuania | Luxembourg | Malta | Netherlands | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Slovakia | Slovenia | Spain | Sweden | United Kingdom
Spatial units: Countries
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: Cross-national; National
Women aged 18–74 years old in each of the 28 EU Member States, 2012.
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Number of units: 42,002 women. Approximately 1,500 in each EU State, with the exception of Luxembourg where 900 women were interviewed.
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview; Self-completion
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 18 June 2015
Copyright: Copyright European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage.
Additional special conditions of use also apply. See terms and conditions for further information. In addition, the UK Data Service is required to request permission from the depositor prior to supplying the data.

Please note:
Since these data pose a higher risk of disclosure than data made available under the standard End User Licence they have additional special conditions attached to them that take the form of a Special Licence (SL). The SL requires the completion of an additional application form, agreement to the conditions of the SL, the signature(s) of the researcher(s), and the explicit permission of the data owners to release the data to the researcher(s). This is to ensure that the guarantee of confidentiality given to survey respondents is protected. SL applications are screened by the UK Data Archive and the data owners and data are only released to those researchers requiring data for statistical research purposes and who can justify their need for the SL data.

Researchers are required to keep the data under conditions of greater security than required under the standard End User Licence. The Microdata Handling and Security: Guide to Good Practice explains how to meet these conditions.
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Title File Name Size (KB)
Questionnaire 2012 7730_questionnaire.pdf 865
Technical Report 2012 7730_technical_report.pdf 1383
UK Data Archive Data Dictionary 7730_ukda_data_dictionary.pdf 1441
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_7730_Information.htm 6
READ File read7730.htm 10


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By principal investigator(s):
European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (2014) Violence against women: an EU-wide survey - main results report. ISBN 978-92-9239-342-7. Retrieved June 3, 2015 from

Resulting from secondary analysis:
van Kampen, S., Fornasiero, M., Lee, W. and Husk, K. (2017) Producing modelled estimates of the size of the lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) population of England, London: Public Health England. Retrieved February 6th, 2017 from

Sanz-Barbero, B., Lopez Pereira, P., Barrio, G. and Vives-Cases, C. (2018) 'Intimate partner violence against young women: prevalence and associated factors in Europe', J Epidemiol Community Health, pp.1–6. doi:10.1136/jech-2017-2097


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