Tackling violence against women in Wales

Where and when does Violence against Women occur?

All forms of violence against women are widespread, as are attitudes that normalize and excuse this violence. Research studies continue to find alarming and persistently high levels of VAW in the UK in general and Wales

  • Up to three million women across the UK experience rape, domestic violence, forced marriage, stalking, sexual exploitation and trafficking, female genital mutilation (FGM) or so-called ‘honour’-based violence each year.
  • Violence against women costs society £40 billion each year in England and Wales.
  • Every year one million women experience at least one incident of domestic violence – nearly 20,000 women a week.
  • Every year over 300,000 women are sexually assaulted and 60,000 women are raped
  • 33 per cent of girls in an intimate relationship aged 13-17 have experienced some form of sexual violence from a partner.
  • In 2011, the Forced Marriage Unit received 1468 calls to its helpline regarding suspected/potential forced marriage, 78 per cent of whom were women.
  • 3.7 million women in England and Wales have been sexually assaulted at some point since the age of 16.
  • It is estimated that of 17,000 migrant women involved in off-street prostitution in England and Wales, 2,600 have been trafficked and 9,200 are vulnerable migrants who may be further victims of trafficking.
  • 20 per cent of women say they have experienced stalking at some point since the age of 16.
  • In Wales in 2010/11, the Police recorded 2,485 sexual offences. The British Crime Survey highlights that only 11 per cent of victims report to the police; therefore we can reasonably estimate that the actual number of women experiencing sexual offences in Wales was nearly 23,000 last year.
  • In Wales in 2010/11, there were 5,994 prosecutions of violence against women and girls offences, with a conviction rate of 71.8%. Of these, 5180 were cases of domestic abuse, with a conviction rate of 72.7%; 278 cases of rape, with a conviction rate of 52.5%, and 536 cases of sexual offences, with a conviction rate of 72.6%.