Consequences of austerity on violence against women

In the UK, violent crime is in constant decline since the 90’. However, this trend evolves differently when sexual offences are included in the research. While men are every time less victims of violent crimes, this is not the case of women: since 2009, domestic violence and violence against women by acquaintances is noticeably rising. 2009 is also the beginning of austerity politics in Britain as a response to the financial crisis.

Is it just a mere coincidence? Not for women’s rights organisations. “The turning point in the rate of these violent crimes is consistent with an explanation focused on the reduced economic independence of women and the impact of the cuts to services on which women disproportionately depend”.

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