Combating violence against women: United Kingdom
Violence against women is one of the most pervasive human rights violations of our time and a form of discrimination that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering to women. It is rooted in women’s unequal status in society and that status reflects the unbalanced distribution of social, political and economic power among women and men in society. Violence against women undermines women’s dignity and integrity and imposes serious harm on families, communities and societies. In the EU, estimates suggest that 1 in 3 women (or 61 million out of 185 million) have experienced physical or sexual violence, or both, since the age of 15.