Country United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Year 2011 - 2015
Type of Measure Policies > National action plan specific to violence against women
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence, Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), Child, early and forced marriage, Sexual harassment, Sexual violence, Other harmful practices, Stalking, Trafficking

Brief Description


The Action Plan: Call an End to Violence against Women and Girls (2011-2015) was adopted in March 2011.

The Action Plan contains measures for central government to:

  • prevent violence from happening by challenging the attitudes and behaviours which foster it and intervening early where possible to prevent it.
  • provide adequate levels of support where violence does occur.
  • work in partnership to obtain the best outcome for victims and their families.  
  • take action to reduce the risk to women and girls who are victims of these crimes and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

Prevention is at the heart of the government's approach and it is focusing on awareness raising, early identification and early intervention.  The Action Plan also recognised that violence against women and girls occurs in all countries and it is an issue which crosses borders.

For more information on the Action Plan, please click on the following links:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/crime/call-end-violence-women-girls/vawg-action-plan

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/about-us/parliamentary-business/written-ministerial-statement/vawg-action-plan-wms/

Full Text

Action Plan: Call an End to Violence against Women and Girls

Source of Information

Website of the Home Office