Every year more than one million women experience domestic abuse in UK
Home Secretary Theresa May has launched an action plan to tackle violence against women and girls.
The 'Call to End Violence Against Women and Girls - Action Plan' was published alongside the government's response to Baroness Stern's review into the handling of rape complaints.
The action plans focuses on four key areas: the prevention of violence including reducing repeat victimisation, the provision of support, the bringing together of groups to work in partnership and action to reduce risk by ensuring perpetrators are brought to justice.
A new national stalking group will be formed to support the work of the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Crown Prosecution Service in improving the police response to stalking and ensuring robust prosecutions.
Other key actions from the plan include campaigns to raise awareness of the law around sexual offences and challenge attitudes of abuse within teenage relationships; more training for key frontline professionals - including doctors, nurses, health visitors - on identifying and dealing with violence against women; and sustainable central funding for frontline services including rape crisis centres and Independent Domestic Violence Advisors, and four years of funding for the National Domestic Violence Helpline.
The British Crime Survey reports that every year more than one million women experience domestic abuse and one in four women will be affected by domestic abuse. More than 300,000 women are sexually assaulted and 60,000 women raped; and more than one in 20 women will be stalked.
Ms. May said: "I want to see an end to all forms of violence against women and girls. Our comprehensive and detailed action plan sets out how we are going to tackle these crimes - supporting those at risk, helping victims and ensuring offenders are brought to justice.
"Most importantly we need to prevent these crimes occurring in the first place. That is why we are challenging and where necessary working to change, attitudes and behaviours."
Baroness Stern welcomed the government's response to the recommendations in her report. “Particularly in a time of financial stringency it is good that the government recognises the importance of a specialist and supportive response to rape victims."
The detailed action plan follows the Home Office's announcement of £28 million of funding until 2015 for tackling violence against women and girls and the Ministry of Justice announcement of more than £10.5 million of funding for three years for rape crisis services.