Saturday, July 15, 2023

Do Women and girls face violence and rape in the UK?

 Unfortunately, women and girls in the UK do face violence and rape. Here are some key statistics and information about violence against women and girls in the UK:

  • Domestic Abuse: In the year ending March 2022, the victim was female in 74.1% of domestic abuse-related crimes in the UK
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     Domestic abuse makes up 18% of all recorded crime in England and Wales
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  • Sexual Offences: Approximately 16.6% of adults aged 16 years and over (7.9 million) had experienced sexual assault (including attempts) since the age of 16 years; 1.9 million were a victim of rape (7.7% women and 0.2% men) 
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     In the year to September 2022, there were 199,021 sexual offences recorded by police forces across England and Wales, including 70,633 rapes
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  • Violence Against Women and Girls: Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is prevalent across England and Wales and can lead to mental health issues, suicide attempts, and homelessness
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     A woman is killed by a man every three days in the UK
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  • Police Response: Nearly 70% of rape survivors dropped out of the justice system in the fourth quarter of 2022, amid court delays, low police conviction rates, and fears over the trauma of reliving the crime in court
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     However, police chiefs have issued the first official assessment of violence against women and girls in the UK, placing such offences on the same footing as terrorism and serious organized crime
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  • Campaigns and Support: There are organizations and campaigns working to end violence against women and girls in the UK, such as End Violence Against Women and Rape Crisis England & Wales
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     The UK government has also released a National Statement of Expectations for commissioning Violence Against Women and Girls services
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In summary, women and girls in the UK do face violence and rape. Domestic abuse, sexual offences, and violence against women and girls are prevalent issues in the UK. However, there are organizations and campaigns working to end violence against women and girls, and the UK government has released a National Statement of Expectations for commissioning Violence Against Women and Girls services.

Citations:
[1] https://lordslibrary.parliament.uk/tackling-violence-against-women-and-girls-in-the-uk/
[2] https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/bulletins/sexualoffencesinenglandandwalesoverview/march2022
[3] https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/articles/violenceagainstwomenandgirls/researchupdatenovember2022
[4] https://rapecrisis.org.uk/get-informed/statistics-sexual-violence/
[5] https://www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk
[6] https://criminalinjurieshelpline.co.uk/blog/sexual-assault-data-stats/
[7] https://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cedaw/docs/ngos/UKThematicReportVAW41.pdf
[8] https://www.sosrc.org/sexual-violence-stats/
[9] https://www.theguardian.com/society/2023/may/18/uk-police-chiefs-issue-assessment-of-violence-against-women-and-girls
[10] https://www.statista.com/statistics/283100/recorded-rape-offences-in-england-and-wales/
[11] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/violence-against-women-and-girls-national-statement-of-expectations-and-commissioning-toolkit/violence-against-women-and-girls-national-statement-of-expectations-accessible
[12] https://www.theguardian.com/society/2023/may/30/nearly-70-of-victims-drop-out-of-investigations-in-england-and-wales
[13] https://www.npcc.police.uk/our-work/violence-against-women-and-girls/
[14] https://www.theguardian.com/society/2023/jan/26/sexual-offences-logged-by-police-england-wales-record-high
[15] https://www.actionaid.org.uk/blog/2022/11/01/violence-against-women-statistics-around-world
[16] https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-62258162
[17] https://www.bbc.com/news/explainers-56365412
[18] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_statistics

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