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Police recorded domestic abuse continues to rise

4,246 offences of coercive control recorded in year ending March 2017

The latest Crime Survey for England and Wales, released on 19 October 2017, reveals that the police recorded 511,319 domestic abuse-related offences in the year ending June 2017, a 18% increase on the 431,7682 offences recorded the previous year. However, it is important to note that the increase is likely to be driven by improvements in crime recording by the police.

The latest data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) showed that there was no change in the prevalence of domestic abuse among adults aged 16 to 59 between the year ending March 2016 (6.1%) and the year ending March 2017 (5.9%). The apparent decrease was not statistically significant.

Included in the rise in domestic abuse-related crimes are offences of coercive or controlling behaviour in an intimate or family relationship. This became a new criminal offence as part of the Serious Crime Act 2015 and came into force on 29 December 2015. Of the 38 forces for which data was available, 4,246 offences of coercive control were recorded in the year ending March 2017.

Further details on domestic abuse will be published in the "Domestic abuse in England and Wales, year ending March 2017" release, which is due to be published on 23 November 2017.

To access the Crime Survey, click here.