For the Uninitiated: UK Strategy for Ending Violence against Women and Girls

A Call to End Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG) outlines HM Government’s strategy to end gendered violence against Women & Girls. This includes their approach to tackling domestic violence which is the highest volume component of VAWG offences.

The strategy ring fences millions in core funding for regional services supporting the estimated 1.4 million women suffering domestic abuse with agencies reporting progress on an annual basis.

Domestic violence and abuse is unacceptable and tackling the issue is a priority for the government. Our response to domestic violence and abuse is included within the violence against women and girls action plan. VAWG Action Plan

This action plan provides an overview of the wide range of actions the government will be taking towards its strategy of ending violence against women and girls. (VAWG).  The action plan has four overarching aims:

  1. to change attitudes, especially those who think the victim is often to blame for being abused, or that violence is a private matter;
  2. to change behaviour to make victims feel more confident to report abuse and empower individuals, including men and boys, to play their part in tackling the issues;
  3. to equip frontline professionals to recognise and deal effectively with victims and perpetrators of VAWG; and
  4. to mobilise communities to take responsibility and challenge VAWG.

 Violence against women so serious the cold hard statistics make that abundantly clear: 2 women killed by their partner or ex-partner every week, over 1 million victims of domestic abuse each year, over 300,000 women sexually assaulted each year and 60,000 women raped. Overall, one in four women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime, often with years of psychological abuse.  Theresa May Home Secretary

VAWG is a commendable strategy and the gendered approach it takes is perhaps understandable when approximately 86% of ‘indictable offences’ and 89% of homicides in the UK are committed by men.

However 2 out of every 3 victims of violent crimes are men and there is no comparable strategy for those victims. This becomes especially problematic for male victims of crimes addressed by VAWG, particularly when it prioritizes resources to services that refuse to work with male victims.

The same cold hard statistics that Theresa May refers to in her speech make that abundantly clear:

For every three victims of domestic abuse, one will be male. 2 men killed by their partner or ex partner every month; Close to one million men (737,000) experience domestic abuse every year; 100,000 men suffered a sexual assault; One in every five victims of forced marriage is a man; one in every three victims of stalking are men. Overall, one in six men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. Source: The Mankind Initiative 

Of those that suffered from partner abuse in 2012/13, 22% of men and 24% of women suffered an injury, with 5% of both genders suffering severe bruising. 32% of men and 45% of women suffered mental and psychological problems with 3% and 5% respectively trying to kill themselves.

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