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Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Geographical Area: England and Wales

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

Footnote: 1. Figures are unavailable on estimates based on fewer than 50 respondents. 2. Please note the reliability of these estimated figures varies by disaggregation and any year on year differences seen may not be statistically significant. For further information on the quality of the estimates please refer to the source data which provides the unweighted base sizes of the samples. 3. Data broken down by income is not available for 18/19 as this data was not collected in the survey. Physical violence - Physical violence includes wounding, assault with minor injury and assault without injury. Sexual violence - New questions were introduced into the survey in 2012/13, and estimates from this year onwards are calculated using these new questions. Estimates for earlier years are calculated from the original questions with an adjustment applied to make them comparable to the new questions.

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available
Indicator description

Percentage of the population who have experienced physical violence and/or sexual violence in the last 12 months.

Geographical coverage

England and Wales

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)

Definitions

Physical violence for this data includes wounding, assault with minor injury and assault without injury. Sexual violence for this data refers to any sexual violence, including attempts.

Disability Status - The (GSS) harmonised "core" definition identifies a person as disabled if they have a physical or mental health condition or illness that has lasted or is expected to last 12 months or more. It must reduce their ability to carry-out day-to-day activities. It is important to note that a person who has a long-term illness that does not reduce their ability to carry-out day-to-day activities is not disabled under the definition. The GSS harmonised questions are asked of the respondent in the survey, meaning that disability status is self-reported. The GSS definition is designed to reflect the definitions that appear in legal terms in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) for Northern Ireland and the 2010 Equality Act for Great Britain.

Available disaggregations
Calculations

No calculations were performed in the data acquisition of this indicator as appropriate data was readily available in the final format specified by this indicator.

Other information

For details of the Crime Survey for England and Wales, see the user guide to crime statistics for England and Wales.

The year format refers to the two years covered by the data, from April of the first year to March of the following year. For example, 2018/19 covers the period of April 2018 to March 2019.

For further information on the quality of the estimates please refer to the source data which provides the unweighted base sizes of the samples.

Data based on sexual violence - The sample size is lower between 2010/11 and 2012/13, and between 2017/18 and 2018/19 due to use of a split-sample experiment in these years. The methodological note titled Split sample for intimate personal violence 2013-14 provides further information. This does not affect data based on physical violence.

Figures on physical violence are based on the population aged 16 and above. Figures on sexual violence are based on the population aged 16 to 59.

The Washington Group on Disability Statistics are often used to provide a cross-nationally comparable population-based measures of disability. Please see the article Measuring disability - comparing approaches for a comparison between the GSS Harmonised measure (used here) and the Washington Group measure.

Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 16 September 2021
Metadata last updated 16 September 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Proportion of population subjected to (a) physical violence, (b) psychological violence and (c) sexual violence in the previous 12 months

Target name

Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier II

UN custodian agency

UNODC

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Source 1

Organisation

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

2016/17

Geographical coverage

England and Wales

Link to data source The nature of violent crime - appendix tables (tables 1 and 2). opens in a new window
Release date 13 February 2020
Next release

TBA

Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

crimestatistics@ons.gov.uk

Other information

Physical violence data acquired from the Crime Survey for England and Wales. See the nature of violent crime - appendix tables for 2014/15 and 2015/16 data by personal and household characteristics (tables 1.01 and 1.02).

Source 2

Organisation

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

2004/05

Geographical coverage

England and Wales

Link to data source Crime in England and Wales - Annual supplementary tables opens in a new window
Release date 17 July 2019
Next release

TBA

Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

crimestatistics@ons.gov.uk

Other information

Sexual violence data acquired from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (Supplementary tables S41b and S42b).

Source 3

Organisation

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

2014/15

Geographical coverage

England and Wales

Link to data source Sexual assualt by personal or household characteristics, year ending March 2018 opens in a new window
Release date 02 September 2019
Next release

TBA

Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

crimestatistics@ons.gov.uk

Other information

Sexual violence data acquired from the Crime Survey for England and Wales. See the Sexual offences appendix table for 2016/17 data, and Sexual offences - appendix tables for 2014/15 and 2015/16 data by personal and household characteristics.