1. This paper is prepared for the UN Expert Group Meeting on indicators to measure
violence against women. The Expert Group Meeting is intended to support the work of the
Statistical Commission and the Commission on the Status of Women in developing ‘a set of
possible indicators on violence against women in order to assist States in assessing the scope,
prevalence and incidence of violence against women'.
2. The paper includes: (i) an overview of existing major initiatives on indicators to measure
violence against women; (ii) an assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of those
initiatives; (iii) proposes criteria for the identification of a possible set of indicators on violence
against women; (iv) summarises options and provides recommendations for a possible set of
indicators to support countries to measure the scope, prevalence and incidence of violence
against women; and (v) addresses the related data collection requirements and constraints and
opportunities for overcoming these.