domestic abuse1.4 million Women suffered some form of domestic abuse last year in the UK according to statistics released by the ONS. The most common types of intimate violence were non-sexual partner abuse (22%), stalking (21%) and sexual assault (20%).
The ONS data also reveals a hidden link between poverty and domestic abuse, with women living in the poorest households more than three times more likely to be victims of domestic abuse, including stalking, than those in higher income families. According to the ONS, 4.9 million women, or 28%, and 2.4 million men, or nearly 15%, have experienced some form of domestic abuse since the age of 16.
On a positive note the statistics show a decline in domestic abuse between 2004/5 and 2008/9 but this seems to have levelled out since then. Figures have been fairly stable over the last five years, despite repeated police and Home Office campaigns. Worryingly as many as 30% of people interviewed in a recent survey about assaults said that they had never reported the incident due to being too embarrassed or frightened.
This highlights a significant problem that we have been acutely aware of at WBW in dealing with cases of domestic abuse. At WBW we appreciate that seeking advice when you have been subjected to domestic abuse can be a very difficult step to take. In our experience, domestic abuse takes many forms and can perhaps best be described as a pattern of controlling aggressive behaviour by one partner or former partner or their family, towards another.
Such abuse can be demonstrated in a number of ways, physical or emotional, psychological, financial and in other ways too. Sometimes the abuse actually takes place and sometimes it is threatened, it can be frequent or only happen occasionally.
No matter how the abuse is displayed, you will find those at WBW understanding of your situation and able to offer advice about a range of options available to you, whether legal protection by way of an injunction, advice about support from other agencies or just information to assist you to make decisions for yourself or others in your family.
If you or someone you know needs advice or support relating to any form of abuse we will be delighted to discuss the matter in strictest confidence.