What is violence against women and girls?

The United Nations defines Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) as:

"Any act of gender-based violence that is directed at a woman because she is a woman, or acts of violence which are suffered disproportionally by women, that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to a woman or girl, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life."

It refers to the following crime types:

  • domestic violence and abuse
  • sexual offences
  • stalking
  • female genital mutilation
  • crimes said to be committed in the name of 'honour'
  • forced marriage
  • prostitution
  • trafficking for sexual exploitation
  • exploitation of girls by gangs.

Support for violence against women and girls crimes

We have factsheets on all of the above:

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Royal Greenwich violence against women and girls strategy

We have a specific strategy for violence against women and girls.

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