Key Statistics about Domestic Abuse and Violence

The UK government’s definition of Domestic Violence and Abuse (DV & A) is “any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial, and emotional.”

Any person can experience DV & A regardless of race, ethnic or religious group, sexuality, class, disability or lifestyle. DV & A can include physical and sexual assault and Honour Based Violence, as well as emotional, psychological, financial abuse, stalking, controlling and coercive behaviour and Forced Marriage.

  • 88% of high-risk victims-survivors experience multiple forms of abuse, including physical and sexual abuse, harassment and stalking and jealous and controlling behaviours. (Safe lives) 88% 88%

women a month are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales (March 2015 Crime Survey for England and Wales )

Each year 1.3 million women in the UK suffer some form of domestic abuse (8.2% of the population) ( Safe Lives)

Each year 1.3 million women suffer from domestic abuse

19,000 incidents of DV & A were reported to the police in Leeds in 2017

1 in 4

Women experience domestic violence over their lifetime.

(Office of National Statistics, 2016)

1 in 7

Children and young people under the age of 18 will have lived with domestic violence at some point in their childhood

( NSPCC and Refuge 2011)

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