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1.3 million women and 695,000 men experienced domestic abuse in last year

No significant change in prevalence of domestic abuse over last 12 months

An estimated 7.9% of women (1.3 million) and 4.2% of men (695,000) experienced domestic abuse in the year to March 2018.

The figures are drawn from the most recent Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) and included in a report by the Office for National Statistics which brings together statistics to enable more thorough analysis of how domestic abuse is dealt with at the local level within England and Wales.

There has been no significant change in the prevalence of domestic abuse experienced in the last year, compared with year ending March 2017.

Women were four times as likely as men to have experienced sexual assault by a partner (including attempts) in the last year. Female victims of partner abuse were more likely than male victims to experience non-physical abuse (emotional, financial) and sexual assault by rape or penetration (including attempts); male victims of partner abuse reported a higher level of force than female victims.

There was a significant decrease in the proportion of female victims of partner abuse reporting to the police in year ending March 2018 compared with the year ending March 2015, the last time this was asked about in the survey.

The patterns for the different types of domestic abuse experienced in the last year showed that abuse was more commonly perpetrated by a partner than another family member. The year ending March 2018 CSEW showed that:

Between the years ending March 2005 to March 2007, the CSEW estimated that around 9% of adults aged 16 to 59 years experienced domestic abuse in the previous 12 months. The level then decreased significantly to 6.5% in the year ending March 2009. While the CSEW has since shown little change from year to year in the prevalence of domestic abuse, the cumulative effect of small reductions over time has resulted in a significantly lower prevalence for the latest year (6.1%) compared with the year ending March 2012 (7.0%). This trend has mainly been driven by reductions in partner abuse, which has decreased from a prevalence rate of 5.2% to 4.5% over the same period. In particular, non-sexual partner abuse has fallen from 5.4% in the year ending March 2012 to 4.0% in the year ending March 2018.

The number of victims of domestic abuse estimated by the CSEW has fallen from around 2.3 million in the year ending March 2012 to 2.0 million in the year ending March 2018. Family abuse has also followed a similar trend with a significantly lower prevalence for the year ending March 2018 (2.2%) compared with the year ending March 2012 (2.7%).

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25/11/18