1 in 4 women experience domestic abuse in Britain at some point in their lives. Council of Europe (2002) British Crime Survey (2008)
Two women every week are killed by a male partner or ex-partner in England and Wales. Home Office (1999) and Coleman & Osborne (2009) This statistic is consistent year on year.
Children and young people
3 in 30 Children are likely to be living with domestic abuse. British crime survey (1996) Unicef (2006)
There is significant evidence to link domestic abuse with elevated levels of child abuse. Humphreys C, and Stanley N. (eds)(2006) Domestic Violence and Child Protection
16 - 19 year olds are most at risk of experiencing domestic abuse (Starmen, K. 2011)
Perpetrating domestic abuse is a choice
Domestic abuse is NEVER the fault of the child or the adult being hurt (the survivor)
Domestic abuse can happen to anyone irrespective of their age, status, religion, profession, income, sexual orientation or race.
Domestic abuse hurts and effects children and young people.
There is help and support for people in abusive relationships and their children.
Domestic abuse is used to get power and control over a partner. The person using the abusive behaviour is making a choice.
Karen Bradley MP
Minister for Preventing Abuse, Exploitation and Crime:
"Too many women are still victims of domestic and sexual violence. We must help young people to understand what a healthy relationship is and to re-think their views of controlling behaviour, violence, abuse, sexual abuse and consent. Our new campaign aims to prevent the onset of domestic violence in adults by challenging attitudes and behaviours amongst teenage boys and girls that abuse in relationships is acceptable."
"Violence and abuse are terrible crimes which have no place in our society. Our commitment, underpinned by this refreshed strategy, will help keep more women and girls safe and bring more perpetrators to justice."
Taken from Ending Violence Against Women And Girls Strategy 2016-2020