Domestic Abuse

The Truth about Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is happening every day, in every part of the UK. Every minute in the UK, the police receive a call from the public for assistance for domestic abuse, which accounts for between 16 and 25% of all recorded violent crime (Home Office, 2004). The results of the abuse can be horrific: from loss of confidence or cuts and bruises to complete breakdowns and, in the worst cases, murder.

1 in 4 women will be a victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime – many of these on a number of occasions. For every three victims of domestic abuse: two will be female and one will be male. Women are much more likely than men to be the victim of multiple incidents of abuse. Women constituted 89% of all those who had experienced four or more incidents of domestic abuse (Walby and Allen, 2004).

On average 2 women a week are killed by a partner or former partner, this constitutes 33% of all female homicide victims (Dept. of Health 2005).

One man a fortnight is murdered by a partner or former partner (British Crime Survey 2008/9).

Domestic abuse was found to be the “single most quoted reason for becoming homeless” amongst women (Cramer and Carter 2002).

The overall costs of domestic abuse are estimated to be £278 million per annum in Greater London alone (Walby and Allen, 2004).


British Crime Survey (2009) (London : Home Office) Cramer, H and Carter M (2002). Homeless: what’s gender got to do with it? (London: Shelter)

Department of Health (2005) Responding to domestic abuse (London: DH)

Home Office (2001) British Crime Survey, England and Wales.

Wallby, Sylvia and Allen, Jonathan (2004) Domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking: Findings from the British Crime Survey (London: Home Office research; Development and Statistics Directorate)

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