For a handy reference, I just thought I would drop some key UK statistics for women and girls, violence and sexual violence.
These are 2009/10 stats from the Home Office, most coming from the British Crime Survey 2009/10, the latest available. Most of these stats remain unchanged for the last 5-6 years.
- 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.
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.
Note that the £28m funding is over four years, so averages out at just £7m per year. This drop in the bucket is to try and bring down the overall cost of domestic violence estimate (which includes lost wages, costs to healthcare etc) of £37 billion. All this in a climate where they are reducing the police budget with force losses anywhere from 10,000 or more, including forensics. Some forces expecting to cut up to a quarter of staff, as well as pay cuts.
Anyway, I can’t see the situation getting any better for women and girls as far as domestic violence and sexual violence goes.