Violence against women and girls – Welsh 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

The introduction of the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015 (the VAWDASV Act) and the national strategy on VAWDASV are welcome steps. However, final national indicators for the VAWDASV Act are not yet in place, governance and accountability mechanisms need to be strengthened, and progress on implementing the national strategy has stalled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Violence against women and girls remains a significant issue in Wales. Reports of domestic abuse increased during the pandemic, and victims struggle to access specialist support.

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