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1.8 million adults said they were victims of domestic violence in last year

In last six years 598 women have been killed by current or former partners

There were in England and Wales an estimated 1.8 million adults aged 16 to 59 who said they were a victim of domestic abuse in the year ending March 2016. Women (1.2 million) were more likely to report having experienced domestic abuse than men (651,000), according to the latest release by the Office for National Statistics.

A large number of domestic abuse-related incidents were recorded by the police (1.03 million) in the year ending March 2016. Following investigations, the police concluded that a domestic abuse-related criminal offence was committed in approximately 4 in every 10 (41%) of these incidents (421,000).

A decision to charge was made for 70% of domestic abuse-related cases referred to the CPS by the police. Convictions were secured for three-quarters of domestic abuse-related prosecutions. In 68% of the domestic abuse cases referred to CPS the defendant pleaded guilty, so most of the cases recorded as successful outcomes were due to guilty pleas (91%).

There were 432 domestic homicides recorded by the police in England and Wales, between April 2012 and March 2015, of which 27% of victims were male (117) and 73% of victims were female (315).

Ian Cope, Acting Deputy National Statistician, said: 

"I welcome this report which brings together statistics from across the crime and criminal justice system and provides insight to an important area of public policy."

The publication of the figures follows the release by national domestic abuse charity Women's Aid of key findings from The Femicide Census, which for the first time allows detailed tracking and analysis of fatal male violence against women. The census aims to provide a clearer picture of men's fatal violence against women, committed by partners, ex-partners, male relatives, acquaintances, colleagues and strangers. The Femicide Census was built with support from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Deloitte LLP.

The Femicide Census has found that:  

For details of the ONS domestic abuse figures, click here. For details of The Femicide Census, click here.

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