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

Despite several recent reforms to strengthen the policy and legal framework, violence against women and girls remains widespread, and some groups are disproportionately affected. Evidence indicates that rates of domestic abuse increased during the pandemic. Survivors struggle to access justice and specialist support. Domestic abuse and sexual offences remain under-reported and the number of prosecutions and convictions have fallen sharply over the last three years.  

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 15/09/2020