Facts

Top ten facts about domestic abuse in England and Wales  

• Each year around 2.1m people suffer some form of domestic abuse –  1.4 million women (8.5% of the population) and 700,000 men (4.5% of the population)

• Each year more than 100,000 people in the UK are at high and imminent risk of being murdered or seriously injured as a result of domestic abuse

• Women are much more likely than men to be the victims of high risk or severe domestic abuse: 95% of those going to Marac or accessing an Idva service are women

• In 2013-14 the police recorded 887,000 domestic abuse incidents in England and Wales

• Seven women a month are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales

• 140,000 children live in homes where there is high-risk domestic abuse

• 62% of children living with domestic abuse are directly harmed by the perpetrator of the abuse, in addition to the harm caused by witnessing the abuse of others

• On average victims experience 50 incidents of domestic abuse before getting effective help

• On average high-risk victims live with domestic abuse for 2.6 years before getting help

• Most victims – 85% – see on average 5 professionals in the year before they finally get effective support