Statistics on Domestic Violence & Abuse

  • One incident of domestic violence is reported to the police every minute in the UK.
  • Domestic violence accounts for between 16% and one quarter of all recorded violent crime.(Home Office 2013)
  • On average 2 women a week are killed by a male partner or former partner: this constitutes around one-third of all female homicide victims.
  • 16% of women who had been a victim of any type of partner abuse had experienced sexual assault and 26% had experienced stalking by a partner.
  • 23% of women have experienced stalking since the age of 16. (Obscene or threatening phone calls or letters were the most common types of stalking behavior experienced.)
  • 1.2 million Women suffered domestic abuse, over 400,000 women were sexually assaulted, and 70,000 women have been raped. (Home Office 2013)
  • 90% of the victims of the most serious sexual violence offences knew their perpetrator 56% were partners/ex-partners.
  • Swindon Women’s Aid  received 1337 calls to its 24 hour helpline in the past  year (2012-2013)
  • 30% of domestic violence begins in pregnancy
  • Adult males were the perpetrators in 94% of DV cases, 89% of DV victims are female.
  • 1 in 4 respondents thought a woman was totally responsible for being raped if she was wearing sexy or revealing clothing. (Amnesty International Survey 2013)
  • There are up to 17,000 reported incidents of honour based violence and forced marriage in Britain each year.
  • 9,577 women and 10,117 children were supported last year in Refuge accommodation. (2012-2013)
  • The overall number of refuge places across England constitutes just 65% of the total number needed.
  • In 2013,155 women and 103 children were turned away from the first refuge they approached due to lack of space.( Women’s Aid Survey 2013)