In 2010, survey data shed light on a hidden issue affecting more than half of women in Vietnam.
A nationwide survey by the General Statistics Office (GSO) of Vietnam found that 58% of women reported experiencing physical, sexual, or emotional abuse by their husbands.
The data catalyzed a public conversation about the nature of violence against women, raised awareness around coping strategies and available support services, and informed new government strategies and policy responses addressing violence against women.
This case study demonstrates the vital importance of engaging policymakers in all phases of data collection, analysis, and dissemination. In Vietnam, this helped ensure data was used to inform and monitor policy commitments.