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Domestic abuse and violence against women and girls

Find out more about domestic abuse, and support services in Westminster.

Published on: 30 April 2021

Last updated: 29 April 2022

Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) is a fundamental human rights violation and it is recognised as a worldwide issue of epidemic proportions.

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Nationally, we know that on average two women are killed every week by a current or former partners, and one in five women have experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 16. This issue also takes place here in Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea, and it is estimated to affect one in three women and girls at some point in their lifetime.

In response, we continue to work with Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and have produced a new Violence against Women and Girls Strategy following the initial release of our first joint strategy in 2015. This time, we are building on the nationally recognised best practice work that has been happening since 2015 and to use this strong foundation to continue to prioritise ending violence against women and girls.

Read our strategy:

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