What is VAWG?


Action Breaks Silence has adopted the definition from the United Nations Declaration (1993) on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, in which Article 1 defines “violence against women and girls” (VAWG) as:

“Any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life”

Statistics From The UK

  • A total of 170 973 sexual offences were recorded in the year ending September 2021 in England and Wales – the highest on record.
    - Endviolenceagainstwomen.org

  • The number of police recorded domestic abuse-related crimes in England and Wales rose 6% in the year ending March 2021 to 845 734
    - Ons.gov.uk

  • 2 Out of 3 women aged 16 – 34 have experienced some form of harassment in the previous 12 months 

  • After the launch of the Everyone’s Invited website, more than 16 000 testimonials of sexual abuse in schools were shared from girls as young as 11 years old. The testimonials named 10% of all of the schools in England. 
    - Schoolsweek.co.uk