In Summary
  • According to the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey 2014, 47 per cent of women aged between 15 and 49 had experienced either physical or sexual violence.
  • Mombasa recorded the highest incidence of verbal abuse, followed by Busia (67.3 per cent), Machakos (66.7 per cent), Meru (66.3 per cent) and Kisii (57.1 per cent).

Kilifi County has the highest rape prevalence in the country, according to a report released by the National Crime Research Centre.

The report on gender-based violence (GBV) in Kenya, released by the centre in 2014, put the prevalence of rape in Kilifi at 97.9 per cent. Samburu, on the other hand, recorded the lowest, with 7.9 per cent.

Behind Kilifi were Kisii (85.7 per cent), Machakos (71.4 per cent), Mombasa (66.7 per cent) and Nairobi (64.9 per cent).

The report also showed that Mombasa had the highest rate of defilement (60 per cent), followed by Machakos (58.3 per cent), Kisii (57.1 per cent), Nairobi (24.5 per cent) and Nyeri (17.5 per cent).

With regard to non-sexual assault, the top five counties were Samburu (42.9 per cent), Kisii (42.9 per cent), Mombasa (22.2 per cent), Nairobi (21.3 per cent) and Nakuru (20 per cent).

Hitting, battering and beating were the most prevalent forms of GBV and were reported in all counties. This form of violence ranged from a low of 38.5 per cent in Nakuru to a high of 97.8 per cent in Mombasa.

VERBAL ABUSE

The top five counties as regards hitting, battering and beating were found to be Mombasa (97.8 per cent), Machakos (95.2 per cent), Samburu (95.2 per cent), Kisii (92.9 per cent), Meru (88 per cent) and Busia (82.7 per cent).

Domestic conflict ranged from a low of 12.5 per cent in Kilifi to a high of 90.5 per cent in Machakos.

It was most prevalent in Machakos (90.5 per cent), Migori (86.6 per cent), Meru (66.3 per cent), Kisii (64.3 per cent) and Busia (61.5 per cent).

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