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 women and girls aged 16 to 59 subjected to sexual assault in the last 12 months
Percentage of women who have been sexually assaulted in the last 12 months.
England and Wales
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Sexual violence for this data refers to any sexual violence, including attempts.</p><p>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.</p>
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.
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.
The Crime Survey for England and Wales includes a 'Nature of serious sexual assault' module where detailed data on sexual violence is collected every 3 years. This module was last included in the 2016/17 survey. Therefore detailed breakdowns such as 'place of occurrence' and 'relationship with the perpetrator' are available for 2016/17 only. This module is only asked of respondents who have experienced rape or assault by penetration (including attempts) since the age of 16.
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.
This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.
|Data last updated||03 February 2022|
|Metadata last updated||06 April 2023|