Violence against women and girls – UK Government assessment

Progress assessment

Limited progress

There have been legal or policy changes to improve human rights protections but very limited evidence of sustained improvements in the enjoyment of human rights on this issue

There have been important recent reforms to strengthen the policy and legal framework, and it will take time for their impact to be realised. However, violence against women and girls remains widespread, and some groups are disproportionately affected. Reports of domestic abuse increased during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Victims struggle to access justice and specialist support. Domestic abuse and sexual offences remain under-reported, the number of prosecutions has fallen in recent years, and official inspections recommend that system-wide change is needed.  

Read more about the UK and Welsh Governments’ actions on violence against women and girls.

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 30/09/2021