Violence against women can fit into several broad categories. These include violence carried out by individuals as well as states. Some of the forms of violence perpetrated by individuals are:
- rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment, acid throwing, reproductive coercion, female infanticide, prenatal sex selection, obstetric violence, online gender-based violence and mob violence;
as well as harmful customary or traditional practices such as
- honor killings, dowry violence, female genital mutilation, marriage by abductionand forced marriage.
There are forms of violence which may be perpetrated or condoned by the government, such as
- war rape; sexual violence and sexual slavery during conflict; forced sterilization; forced abortion;
Many forms of VAW, such as