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What is violence against women-girls?
Domestic violence is defined by the Home Office as ‘any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality’.
Domestic violence is physical, sexual, psychological or financial abuse within an intimate or family-type relationship. This can include forced marriage and so-called ‘honour crimes’. Domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of social background, age, gender, religion, sexuality or ethnicity.
As a society, we are currently failing to tackle violence against women and girls with anything like the urgency or seriousness that the problem deserves. The alarming facts and figures speak for themselves: nationally, one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, and it’s thought that two women a week are killed by a current or former male partner. An estimated 60,000 women are raped every year.
Did you know… One in four women: An analysis of 10 separate domestic violence prevalence studies found consistent findings: 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence over their lifetimes and between 6-10% of women suffer domestic violence in a given year (Council of Europe, 2002).