"25 pc of Belgian women suffer partner abuse"
Figures from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights reveal that a third of women in the EU have been assaulted physically or sexually.
At 36 percent for Belgium the figure is above the European average.
The Belgian figure is lower than in neighbouring countries: the Netherlands (45 percent), France and Britain (44 percent), Luxembourg (38 percent) and Germany (35 percent).
The highest levels of violence against women occur in the Nordic countries: Denmark (52 percent), Finland (47 percent) and Sweden (46 percent).
The country with the lowest number of women who admit to being a victim is Austria (20 percent).
Five percent of women in the EU say that they have been raped, while a fifth told researchers that they had been felt up or kissed against their will, often by a superior or colleague at work.
Across the EU 22 percent of women admit to being the victim of partner abuse.
At 25 percent, the figure for Belgium is higher than the EU average.
The research involved a sample of 42,000 women across the EU.
Flandersnews.be / Expatica