UK Policy Briefings
2018 WBG Briefing: Violence Against Women and Girls
Date Posted: Saturday 20th October 2018
BudgetViolence Against Women And Girls
Ahead of the 2018 Autumn Budget, we’ve put together a briefing on violence against women and girls.
- Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) has multiple and lasting impacts on victims as well as society as a whole. It is estimated that 3 million women suffer domestic violence over their lifetime, 1.2 million women suffer domestic violence each year and 3.4 million women are victims of sexual violence over their lifetime.
- The government’s VAWG strategy recognises the scale of the problem, but is not backed with sufficient funding for either victims’ services or preventive interventions to reduce the incidence of VAWG in the longer term.
- Government initially committed £80m to supporting the VAWG strategy, with an additional £20m announced for domestic violence services in the 2017 Spring Budget – a total of £100m over the life of the parliament, that is, five years.
- The total costs of VAWG to society are estimated at £40bn annually.
- WBG calls on the government to put in place ongoing funding for VAWG services that is adequate to meeting needs of victims and allows for additional investment in preventive measures, such as Sex and Relationships Education in schools.