More than one million women in the UK domestically abused last year

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Rashida Manjoo, United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

More than one million women in the United Kingdom (UK) reported being domestically abused last year, a concern highlighted by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women.

Rashida Manjoo, who has just finished a visit to the UK, said a more comprehensive and targeted response to address acts of violence against women and girls is needed.

Despite many positive developments, Ms Manjoo urged the country's Government to consider the best interests of all women and girls in addressing the specific needs of survivors of violence.

Women's organizations in the UK also informed the Special Rapporteur that black and minority ethnic and migrant women experience a disproportionate rate of domestic homicide and suicide.

Nonetheless, there has been some progress.

A new initiative has been launched to protect women from domestic abuse, which enables the police to exclude a perpetrator from the home for up to 28 days.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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