Statistics for Reporting on VAW

Statistics for reporting on violence against women

What is violence against women?

Violence against women (VAW) is violence or abuse where the majority of victims-survivors are women and the majority of perpetrators are men. It includes (but is not limited to):


How Common is it?

59,541 incidents of domestic abuse were recorded by Police Scotland in 2017/18. In 82% of these cases the victim was a woman. (source)

2,255 rapes and attempted rapes were reported to the police in Scotland in 2017/2018. (source)

1 in 10 women in Scotland has experienced rape. (source)

1 in 5 women in Scotland has had someone try to make them have sex against their will. (source)

Research conducted by Zero Tolerance in 2017 found that over 70% of respondents had experienced or witnessed sexual harassment, teasing or innuendo in their workplace. (source)

Following new ‘revenge porn’ legislation, 421 incidents of non-consensual sharing of, or threats to share, intimate images were reported to Police Scotland in a 12-month period (2017/18). (source)

Globally, 45-75% of people who sell sex have experienced violence over their lifetime. (source)

As many as 137,000 girls in the UK are affected by female genital mutilation (FGM) every year. (source)

This violence all has the same root cause: gender inequality. Men’s violence against women is caused by gender inequality, and it helps this inequality to continue.


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