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Crime

Violence against women and girls

The ambition of this government is to end violence against women and girls. In this section you can read our strategic vision, published on 25 November 2010, and find out what work we’re planning over the coming spending review period to address the issues.

Call to end violence against women and girls

The coalition government has launched a paper outlining how they plan to tackle violence against women and girls. Read our vision to end violence against women and girls

What we're doing

In the strategic vision to end violence against women and girls, the government has committed to £28m (in total) of stable Home Office funding for specialist services over the next four years, improving the response to rape, more training and early intervention programmes, new powers and better support for victims.

Find out more about these commitments and other pledges the government has made.

Teenage relationship abuse

Earlier this year the Home Office ran a campaign to challenge the attitudes of teenagers to violence and abuse in relationships. Find out more about this campaign, including advice for school and teenagers.

'A hidden crime'

The Home Secretary allocates more than £28m for specialist services to tackle violence against women and girls until 2015. Read the full news story.

Key statistics

Violence against women and girls is often a hidden crime; a comprehensive understanding of its prevalence remains a challenge. However, the research that we do have reveals a shocking picture:

  • at least 1 in 4 women in the UK will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime (British Crime Survey 2009/10)
  • almost 1 in 5 women will experience sexual assault in their lifetime (British Crime Survey 2009/10)
  • almost 1 in 20 women was stalked last year and 1 in 5 women will experience stalking in their lifetime (British Crime Survey 2009/10)
  • approximately 66,000 women in England and Wales have had their genitals mutilated and it is estimated that approximately 100-140 million African women have undergone FGM worldwide (FORWARD)
  • the United Nations estimates that every year 5,000 women are victims of honour-killings internationally
  • in 2009, the forced marriage unit provided direct support to victims in the UK and overseas in 377 cases
  • the minimum cost of violence against women and girls in the UK is £37.6bn.
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