Domestic abuse

  • Will affect 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in their lifetime
  • 3% of men (1.7 million) and 23.7% of women (3.9 million) have experienced partner abuse since the age of 16
  • Of those that suffered partner abuse in 2014/15, a higher proportion of men suffered from force (37%) than women (29%). For emotional and psychological abuse the proportions were 61% and 63% respectively
  • Accounts for 16% of all violent crime (Source: Crime in England and Wales 04/05 report), however it is still the violent crime least likely to be reported to the police
  • Has more repeat victims than any other crime (on average there will have been 35 assaults before a victim calls the police)
  • Male victims (29%) are over twice as likely than women (12%) to not tell anyone about the partner abuse they are suffering from. Only 10% of male victims will tell the police (26% women), only 23% will tell a person in an official position (43% women) and only 11% (23% women) will tell a health professional
  • Is the single most quoted reason for becoming homeless (Shelter, 2002)
  • approximately 400 people commit suicide each year who have attended hospital for domestic abuse injuries in the previous six months


Sexual Abuse

Unfortunately rape and sexual abuse are far more common than most people think. Here are just some statistics on the prevalence and impact of rape and sexual abuse.

  • Almost 1 in 4 women  and 1 in 6 men will experience sexual assault as an adult
  • Around 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys experience some form of child sexual abuse
  • The risk of rape, sexual harassment and domestic violence in adulthood is approximately doubled for victims of childhood sexual abuse.
  • According to various studies 50-60% of psychiatric inpatients and 40-60% of outpatients were physically and/or sexually abused as children.
  • People who are abused are more likely to form drug or alcohol dependence
  • The overall financial cost to society of sexual offences in 2003-04 was estimated at £8.5 billlion, with each rape costing over £76,000.