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Two million have experienced domestic abuse in last twelve months

7% of women and 5% of men have suffered domestic abuse in last year

There were 2.0 million victims of domestic abuse in 2011/12, according to the Focus on Violent Crime and Sexual Offences 2011/12, published by the Office for National Statistics. 

There was no statistically significant change in the level of domestic abuse experienced in the last year between the 2010/11 and 2011/12 surveys. However, three of the four main categories of domestic abuse (non-sexual partner abuse, non-sexual family abuse and stalking) have all shown statistically significant decreases between the 2004/05 and 2011/12 surveys. Sexual assault has shown no statistically significant change over this time period.

Women were more likely to be a victim of domestic abuse. Some 7% of women and 5% of men were estimated to have experienced domestic abuse in the last year, equivalent to an estimated 1.2 million female and 800,000 male victims. For the purpose of the survey 'domestic abuse' includes non-physical abuse, threats, force, sexual assault or stalking carried out by a current or former partner or other family member.

4.2% of women and 3.0% of men reported having experienced non-sexual partner abuse. 4.2% of women and 2.7% of men reported having experienced stalking.

The survey also records incidents of sexual violence.

To read the survey's findings, please click here.