Three women aged 16 to 34 faced some form of harassment last year, a shockingly in-depth study of the scale of the crisis in Britain has revealed.
It also showed that more than five million women aged 18 to 74 were victims of some form of abuse as a child.
The horrifying findings were part of the first comprehensive statistical analysis of the lasting impact of violence against women and girls, compiled by the Office for National Statistics.
- An estimated one in three women over the age of 16 in the UK has experienced at least one form of harassment in the past year. This rises to two out of three for women ages 16 to 34.
- Nearly 1.6 million women aged 16 to 74 faced domestic abuse in England and Wales last year.
- About 5.1 million women aged 18 to 74 were victims of some form of childhood abuse.
- In the year ended March 2020, 81 women were killed in a domestic murder.
- The number of police registering domestic abuse-related offenses in England and Wales increased six percent to 845,734 in the year ending March 2021. The study said this follows the increase seen in previous years and may reflect increased reporting by victims as well as better recordings by police.
- Demand for domestic abuse helplines increased in the year ending March 2021, with calls to the national domestic abuse helpline in England increasing by 22 per cent. The ONS said this does not necessarily indicate an increase in the number of victims, but perhaps an increase in the severity of abuse being experienced, and a lack of available coping mechanisms.
ONS crime chief Meghan Elkin said: “Working with the government and charities, we have been able to bring together data sources for the first time to uncover the scale and impact of violence against women and girls.
“Our research finds that the impact of these crimes on women and girls is significant and often long-lasting.
“This is a problem that is unfortunately not going away. Our evidence suggests that experiences of domestic abuse may intensify during periods of national lockdown as victims face difficulties seeking support safely in these circumstances. Might have to.”
After the study, Home Secretary Priti Patel announced that “enough” as the government said it would make tackling the crisis of violence against women and girls its first priority when the country was shocked by the killing of 33-year-old Sarah Everard. was in
PC Wayne Couzens was sentenced to life in March on charges of kidnapping, rape and murder in Clapham, south London.