Domestic abuse facts & statistics

Domestic abuse isn’t just physical injuries.

The government definition recognises different types of abuse including physical, emotional and financial.

Each year, nearly 2 million people in the UK suffer some form of domestic abuse.

1.3 million victims are female (8.2% of the population) and 600,000 victims are male (4%)

1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will suffer domestic abuse at some time in their lives.

Although men and women both suffer domestic abuse, the abuse suffered by women is more physically severe and is more likely to result in injuries and hospitalisation. It is likely to go on for longer.

The age group most likely to experience domestic abuse is those aged under 25.

Both male and female victims are more likely to be disabled, from black or ethnic minority groups or from low income groups.

Over 90% of high risk cases considered by Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs) are female. MARACs are partnership of organisations such as police, social services and charities which consider high risk cases and what action should be taken to help keep the victim as safe as possible.

Victims of domestic abuse ask for help from professionals an average of five times before receiving effective help to stop the abuse.

1 in 5 children (20%) have been exposed to domestic abuse.

In each school reception class there will be at least one child one has been living with domestic violence since they were born.

There is no single crime of domestic abuse at present. Cases are brought for offences such as grievous bodily harm or assault, and judges and magistrates have sentencing guidelines for cases when domestic abuse is present. The government is considering changing this.

There are around 350 refuges in England and Wales. Of these, 19 offer provision for men. Refuges turn away around 90 people and their children each day because of lack of space.

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