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.
Proportion of population subjected to (a) physical violence and (c) sexual violence in the previous 12 months
Percentage of the population aged who have experienced physical violence and/or sexual violence in the last 12 months.
England and Wales
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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 'long-term health condition' category therefore includes both disabled and non-disabled people under this definition. The two sub-categories of non-disabled (GSS harmonised) are 'long-term health conditin - does not limit activities' and 'no long-term health condition'. 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.
Physical violence - Violence type, Sex, Age, Ethnicity, Household income, Highest Qualification, Urban/Rural, Region, Disability status, Country of birth and Sexual orientation.
Sexual Violence - Violence type, Sex, Age, Ethnicity, Household income, Highest Qualification, Region, Disability status and Country of birth. These disaggregations are also available by sex, with ‘Highest qualification’ only available by sex and not as a headline disaggregation (all persons).
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.
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.
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.
Figures are unavailable on estimates based on fewer than 50 respondents.
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.
Highest qualification for sexual violence series is only available once gender is selected.
Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.
|Data last updated||05 June 2023|
|Metadata last updated||05 June 2023|