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Domestic Violence Statistic

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Defining domestic violence:
Domestic violence is defined by the Home Affairs Committee (1993) as: any form of physical, sexual or emotional abuse which takes place with the context of a close relationship. In most cases the relationship will be between partners (married, cohabiting or otherwise), ex-partners. ( domestic violence: a national survey ….).
Some statistics: who are the victims?
• Nearly 1 million women experience at least one incident of domestic abuse each year (2009/10 British Crime Survey data: as reported in latest cross-government VAWG strategy
• At least 750,000 children a year witness domestic violence (DoH, (2002) Women's Mental Health : Into the Mainstream, accessed at: p.16)
• Two women are killed each week by their partner or ex-partner (Womens Aid (March 2011) accessed at:
• 54 per cent of women victims of serious sexual assault were assaulted by their partner or ex-partner (Stern, (2010) The Stern Review p.9 accessed at
• Victims of domestic violence are more likely to experience repeat victimisation than victims of any other types of crime(British Crime Survey Reports)
• 76 per cent of all DV incidents are repeat (Flatley, Kershaw, Smith, Chaplin and Moon (July 2010) BCS - Crime in England and Wales 2009/10 , Home Office, accessed at p24)
• Women experience an average of 35 incidents of domestic violence before reporting an incident to the police (Yearnshaw 1997, accessed at
• 19 per cent of women have experienced stalking since the age of 16 (Smith (Ed.), Coleman, Eder and Hall (January 2011) Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence 2009/10 Supplementary Volume 2 to Crime in England and Wales 2009/10, Home Office accessed at

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