According to the British Crime Survey there were 3.29 million reported violent assaults on women in the past 12 months. One in four women have been assaulted at some time.
Much strategic attention is focussed on dealing with the outcomes of all this violence: Catching and punishing offenders; Counselling and supporting those on the receiving end; Teaching self defence ... even designing the built environment to make it safer.
But what about reducing the violence itself? Chris Green, UK Director of the White Ribbon Campaign, aims to do just that.
He says that wearing the campaign's white emblem involves a pledge never to commit, never to condone, and never to remain silent about violence against women. His organisation runs various campaigns targetted at men and boys in particular through areas such as sport, and in schools.
In this interview Chris talks to me about the statistics, the causes, and his campaign's work.
For more information visit http://www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk