5. Domestic, family and sexual abuse
National estimates indicate that between 1 in 3 and 1 in 4 women suffer some domestic abuse during their lives, and about 2 in 5 of all victims of domestic violence are men. As many victims will experience more than one incident (national estimates are that a woman may experience 30+ incidents before reporting) and it is clear that the issue is still a huge one.
Current reporting levels are still only a small proportion of incidents. Over 25% of violent crime is domestic violence. In addition to the emotional suffering of individuals, families and children, this is a considerable drain on the resources of all agencies involved in the criminal justice system, housing providers, health services and the voluntary sector.
These crimes should be solvable and preventable. The offenders will always be known, so if agencies are able to provide the necessary support to women and men experiencing domestic violence, it should be possible to stop it happening - or at least to stop it repeating.
For further information about domestic violence and abuse and the support available, please visit this website.