One in Four
One woman in four experiences domestic violence in her lifetimeOffice for National Statistics (2016) Focus on Violent Crime and Sexual Offences, 2014/15
The police receive a domestic violence-related call every 30 seconds; yet it is estimated that less than 24% of domestic violence crime is reported to the policeHMIC (2014) Everyone’s business: Improving the police response to domestic abuse and Walby and Allen (2004)
In the year ending March 2016, 1.2 million women reported experiences of domestic abuse in England and WalesOffice for National Statistics (2016) Domestic Abuse in England and Wales: year ending March 2016
Whilst this number is shocking, we also know it is grossly underestimated. The cap on the number of violent crimes published, set at five per victim, means that even if a woman experienced 100 incidents of domestic violence, only five would make it into the official data.
Who the hell thought of that?
Thanks to research by Professor Sylvia Walby, we know that were the cap to be removed, the number of incidents of domestic violence would increase by approximately 70%.
The overwhelming majority of domestic abuse cases are not prosecuted; fewer than 10% of incidents reported to police will end in convictionIn the year ending March 2016 there were 1.03 million domestic abuse-related incidents reported to police, of which 421,000 were deemed by police to be domestic abuse-related criminal offences. Yet there were only 100,930 prosecutions and 75,235 convictions.
Office for National Statistics (2016) Domestic Abuse in England and Wales: year ending March 2016
40% of homeless women state domestic violence as a contributor in their homelessnessShelter (2000), Homelessness: what’s gender got to do with it?
It is estimated that around three women a week commit suicide as a result of domestic violenceProfessor Sylvia Walby (2004) The Cost of Domestic Violence
Two women are killed each week by a current or former partner in England and WalesOffice for National Statistics (2016) Compendium – Homicide (average taken over 10 years)