Today is International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women/White Ribbon Day, marking the start of 16 days of worldwide campaigning against 'gender based violence'. The White Ribbon Campaign is a global campaign to ensure men take more responsibility for reducing the level of violence against women.
Meanwhile, the Guardian today reports a speech given by Attorney General Baroness Scotland in Paris yesterday, ahead of International End Violence Against Women Day. In it, she stated that domestic violence costs the British economy £5.8bn a year, and significantly depresses women's ability to contribute to economic growth.
As the Guardian report mentions, the main provisions of the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 came into force today. Forced marriage is a significant cause of violence against women. As a reminder, the Act enables a victim, friend or the police to apply for a 'Forced Marriage Protection Order', which can forbid families from actions such as taking people abroad for marriage, seizing passports or intimidating victims.
The only thing that I would add to the above is that men are, of course, victims of domestic violence as well as women.