Violence and abuse against women and girls is not a single issue
Violence and abuse against women and girls is not a single issue, but covers a range of behaviours and traditions, all of which negatively impact all aspects of woman’s safety and security. Anyone can be a victim, no matter her economic status, culture or religion. The identity of the perpetrators also takes on many forms, ranging from intimate partners, to parents, community leaders and strangers of both genders.
The consequences of abuse can be catastrophic, threatening not just a woman’s physical and mental health, but also that of her children. On a wider scale, the repercussions of this harm for a society are immense due to the demands it places on public resources and the victims’ ability to fully participate economically.
As a Christian organisation, we also believe that this violence and abuse is a distortion of how God intended relationships between men and women to be. The book of Genesis tells of the breakdown in this relationship as a result of the first sin: we believe that this split is still apparent today in the many ways women and men stand opposed.
By United Nations
Two women are killed each week by a current or former partner in England and Wales*