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In 2015-16, police recorded 23,851 reports of adults being raped – nearly all of them women – compared with 10,160 in 2011-12, according to data by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary.
According to the Office Of National Statistics, overall, 26% of women and 14% of men had experienced domestic abuse since the age of 16, equivalent to an estimated 4.3 million female victims and 2.2 million male victims.
On average two women are killed by their partner or ex-partner every week in England and Wales, according to the Office for National Statistics citing Homicide Index, Home Office.
In a HMIC survey of over 450 domestic abuse practitioners, 62% believe there needs to be improved understanding of the traits and techniques of coercive and controlling behaviour among frontline officers.
NSPCC state that over 90% of sexually abused children were abused by someone they knew.
1 in 20 children in the UK have been sexually abused according to a 2000 study by the NSPCC.
ONS figures show that around 11% of boys under 16 have experienced some form of sexual abuse. There are thought to be in excess of 2 million adult male survivors of abuse in the UK, according to Survivors UK. Over 1,000 men report being raped to the police every year and this is likely to be less than 10% of the real number.
Organisations working in this sector mainly in the UK
- Agenda Alliance – new alliance of UK-wide organisations and individuals who have come together to campaign for change for women and girls at risk.
- AVA (Against Violence and Abuse) – London-based charity committed to ending gender-based violence and abuse.
- Black Women’s Rape Action Project – run services and campaigns that focus on winning justice for women of colour and immigrant women who have survived rape, racist attacks and other violence.
- Clear Lines Festival – four-day event of discussion, art, comedy and creativity to tackle the problems of consent and sexual and domestic violence, held in 2015 in London.
- Disabled Survivors Unite – creating change for disabled survivors of abuse and sexual violence.
- EVAW – London-based coalition of specialist women’s support services, researchers, activists, survivors and NGOs working to end violence against women and girls in all its forms.
- Forgiveness Project – collects and shares real stories of forgiveness to build understanding, encourage reflection and enable people to reconcile with the pain and move forward from the trauma in their own lives.
- Galop – giving advice and support UK-wide to LGBT+ people who have experienced hate crime, sexual violence and domestic abuse.
- Havoca – not for profit offering help for adult survivors of child abuse.
- Hestia – working together with adults and children in crisis to change their lives when they most need support, based in London.
- Imkaan – UK-based, black feminist organisation dedicated to addressing violence against women and girls.
- Leonard Consultancy – a Northern Ireland organisation providing training, consultancy and practice to criminal justice, child protection, religious, educational, social care organisations and academic institutions UK wide.
- London Black Women’s Project – a women-only black feminist organisation serving the needs of all BMER women and girls in the community.
- My Body Back Project – helping women across the UK reclaim their bodies, their health and their sexuality after sexual assault.
- NAPAC – support and services for adult survivors of childhood abuse and resources for professionals.
- National Ugly Mugs – national organisation which provides greater access to justice and protection for sex workers.
- NSPCC – UK-wide children’s charity, preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover.
- Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service (PARCS) – provides a free, specialist counselling service working with people who have been sexually violated.
- Rape Crisis – list of regional Rape Crisis centres across England and Wales.
- Rape Crisis Scotland – list of regional Rape Crisis centres across Scotland.
- ReConnected Life – Coaching, Community and Advocacy for Survivors of Rape.
- Refuge – supports more than 4,600 women, children and men who have experienced domestic abuse or violence, with refuges, independent advocacy and community outreach.
- Respond – London-based charity working to lessen the effect of trauma and abuse on people with learning disabilities, their families and supporters.
- RSVP Birmingham – offering services to support and inspire children and adults of all genders who have been affected by sexual violence and abuse.
- Safe Lives – national charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse, supporting over 60,000 people annually.
- Solace Women’s Aid/North London Rape Crisis – a free service that supports women and girls over the age of 13 who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives.
- St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Manchester – comprehensive and co-ordinated forensic, counselling and aftercare service to men, women and children living in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire area who have experienced rape or sexual assault.
- Survivor’s Collective – London-based collective of childhood sexual abuse survivors uniting in social activism.
- Survivors Manchester – survivor-led/survivor-run voluntary organisation that facilitates a safe space for male survivors of sexual abuse and rape to recover, with a national helpline.
- Survivors Trust – a UK-wide national umbrella agency for 135 specialist organisations with support for the impact of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse throughout the UK and Ireland.
- Survivors UK – offering London-based male survivors of sexual abuse with individual counselling, group work and helpline services.
- The Havens – specialist centres in London for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted.
- The Elms – a SARC offering free support and practical help to anyone in Cambridgeshire who has experienced sexual abuse.
- The Bridge – Birmingham-based non-profit organisation bringing hope to men and women recovering from drug and alcohol addictions while also being able to serve the needs of those exiting prostitution.
- UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group – national charity promoting equality and dignity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) people who seek asylum in the UK, or who wish to settle here to be with their partners.
- Victim Support – independent charity supporting people affected by traumatic events or crime.
- Women Against Rape – Grassroots multi-racial women’s group that offers support, legal advocacy and information to women and girls who have been raped or sexually assaulted.
- Women’s Aid – UK-wide grassroots federation working together to provide life-saving services and prevent domestic violence.
Guidelines for reporting
- Tory Shepherd report on child abuse and the media – a 2014 investigation into the reporting of child abuse in the media.
- IPSO Editor’s Code of Practice – sets out the rules that newspapers and magazines regulated by IPSO have agreed to follow.
- NUJ Guidelines against sexual harassment in workplace – resource sheet for those facing sexual harassment at work.
- NUJ Journalist code of conduct – sets out the main principles of UK and Irish journalism since 1936.
- Zero Tolerance – guide designed for journalists reporting or writing on violence against women, highlighting key issues and recommendations to promote journalistic good practice.
- BBC Style Guide – current style guide for all BBC News output. Although it is only a guide for journalists, it details many of the rules of spelling, punctuation and grammar.
- Buzzfeed Style Guide – aims to provide a prevailing, and evolving, set of standards for the internet and social media.
- Chicago Taskforce – Media Toolkit – helping local and national journalists to create better media coverage of rape and sexual violence.
- Dart Centre – Sexual Violence Reporting Tip Sheet – quick tips on covering sexual violence, from preparation to writing the story, from a US organisation.
- Tragedies and journalists – 40-page guide to help journalists, photojournalists and editors report on violence while protecting both victims and themselves.
- Gender Based Violence – Media Guidelines – helping journalists who are reporting on gender based violence in emergency contexts.
- Know Your IX – a US guide for reporters and editors who are covering gender-based violence, particularly on college campuses.
- Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault – Reporting on Sexual Violence – US guide to support journalists covering these stories.
- Ohio Domestic Violence Network Guide for Media on Domestic Violence – US media guide to assist reporters, copywriters, headline writers, editors and producers and to support coverage of this issue and its broad impact.
- International Federation of Journalists (2014) – guidelines for reporting on violence against women.
- Our Watch – Australian resource for covering stories about sexual violence.
- Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime (CRCVC) – guidelines for journalists interviewing survivors of sexual assault.