According to to data released today by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), stalking and harassment offences recorded in Wales and England  increased by 20 per cent between April and June 2020, compared to the same period in 2019.

The numbers continued to rise between June and September 2020, with around 163,000 offences recorded, an increase of 31% compared to the same period a year earlier.

The statistics are just the latest in a long line of data that shows the level of violence and harassment against women.

According to Welsh Women’s Aid, four in every five women in Wales have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, and a survey by UN Women UK found that 97% of young women in Britain have been sexually harassed.

This morning, the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales told BBC Breakfast that women in the UK regard the streets as “lawless” when it comes to male behaviour.

Dame Vera Baird QC said the vigils held across the UK over the weekend in memory of Sarah Everard highlighted what many women feared could happen to them.

She said: “[Women] regard, the streets as lawless when it comes to male behaviour.

“Men it seems, they tell us, can do what they want and say what they want, and nobody will take action.”


On Sunday, Yasmine Khan, a Welsh Government advisor on violence against women, called for an overhaul of the justice system.

Ms Khan told BBC Wales that a "public health approach" must be adopted to tackle an “absolute illness in our society."

Jeff Cuthbert, Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, told The National that changing public attitudes toward the issue is vital.

Mr Cuthbert said: “More can always be done to address the issue of violence against women and it is something we take incredibly seriously.

“We need to get men to think about how they act. It is about changing public attitudes and getting men to challenge other men’s attitudes towards women.”