Table 2

Prevalence of emotional and physical violence in childhood

Type of violenceFemale, % (95% CI)Male, % (95% CI)
Participants aged 18–24 years, lifetime prevalence (n=567)Participants aged 13–17, 12-month prevalence (n=495)Participants aged 18–24 years, lifetime prevalence (n=589)Participants aged 13–17, 12-month prevalence (n=759)
Threatened or attacked with a weapon2.9 (0.3 to 5.5)1.9 (0.0 to 3.9)5.4 (3.0 to 7.8)1.8 (0.8 to 3.0)
Slapped, pushed, punched or hit with an object63.9 (58.4 to 69.3)46.8 (41.2 to 52.4)76.0 (71.6 to 80.3)48.0 (43.7 to 52.4)
Humiliated in front of others12.6 (9.2 to 13.6)7.8 (4.5 to 9.2)26.4 (22.4 to 31.2)8.8 (6.5 to 9.9)
Made to feel unwanted17.3 (15.5 to 23.1)10.2 (8.9 to 13.1)17.5 (14.3 to 21.0)7.1 (5.2 to 8.5)
Threatened with abandonment11.9 (8.6 to 14.6)7.3 (5.4 to 9.4)10.9 (8.7 to 12.1)5.2 (3.3 to 7.9)
  • By way of reference, according to the 2002 Zimbabwe Census, 31.45% of the male population is under the age of 25 (approximately 1.7 million boys aged 24 or younger) and 32.57% of the female population is under the age of 25 (approximately 1.9 million girls aged 24 or younger).