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Violence against women and children

Each year more women suffer rape or attempted rape than have a stroke, and the level of domestic abuse in the population exceeds that of diabetes by many times. Violence against women and children can take many forms including:

• domestic violence
• rape and sexual violence
• sexual harassment
• female genital mutilation (FGM)
• forced marriage
• crimes in the name of honour
• human trafficking
• sexual exploitation
• child sexual abuse

People may be victims of more than one of these forms as they don’t always take place in isolation. Abuse may be current or it may have happened many years ago.

The Coalition Government is determined to prevent violence against women and children happening or recurring, to protect and support its victims; and to bring offenders to justice.

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