This article gives a structured summary of current research on violence against women from a European perspective. First, some thought is given to the correct definition of violence against women. Then, different manifestations of violence are presented along with prevalence data. Next, the paper discusses risk markers for victimization and goes on to describe the consequences for the victims. Particular emphasis is placed on coping processes and their relevance for research in this field. Finally, conclusions are drawn from a prevention and intervention perspective.