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We see our work as part of a broader movement to combat Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). VAWG is “a widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violation in our world today” (The United Nations Declaration on the elimination of violence against women).
The UN goes on to define VAWG as
“Any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life”.
Gender-based violence or VAW is directed against women (and girls) because they are women. It occurs globally in many forms. It can be seen as both the cause and the consequence of gender inequality.
(United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime: Global Study on Homicide, 2019). Sexual violence statistics
(World Health Organisation 2013)
In the year to the end of March 2017, the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) estimated:
In January 2013, An Overview of Sexual Offending in England and Wales, the first ever joint official statistics bulletin on sexual violence released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Home Office, revealed:
Office for National Statistics (2019) Domestic abuse in England and Wales overview: November 2019
Office for National Statistics (2019) Homicide in England and Wales: year ending March 2018 (average taken over 10 years)
Office for National Statistics (2019) Domestic abuse victim characteristics, England and Wales: year ending March 2019
NSPCC (2011) Child abuse and neglect in the UK today; Research into the prevalence of child maltreatment in the United Kingdom
Women’s Aid (2016) 19 Child Homicides