Seven per cent of women and four per cent of men experience domestic abuse

Family|News|February 13th 2014

More than seven per cent of women and four per cent of men have experienced domestic abuse, according to new government figures.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reports that 7.1 per cent of women and 4.4 per cent of men experienced domestic abuse in the year to 2013. The ONS defines domestic abuse as “non-physical abuse, threats, force, sexual assault or stalking carried out by a current or former partner or other family member.”

The percentages equate to approximately 1.2 million women and around 700,000 men.

Thirty per cent of women  and 16.3 per cent of women report experiencing domestic abuse of some kind since the age of 16, the ONS reports – corresponding to 4.9 million women and 2.7 million men.

Approximately two per cent of women experienced either actual or attempted sexual assault in the year to 2013, , along with 0.5 per cent of men.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Justice has announced a new £500,000 fund to support male victims of sexual assault, the first ever launched in the UK. Victims will be encouraged to report their experiences and counselling services will also be available.

The blog team at Stowe is a group of writers who share their advice on the wellbeing and emotional aspects of divorce or separation from personal experience. Guest contributors also regularly contribute to share their knowledge.

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  1. Luke says:

    These numbers are obtained by self-reporting, so are not likely to be accurate. Generally the evidence for such domestic abuse is 50-50 when proper studies are done, but men will tend to under report due to the stigma associated for men in being such a victim.

    For the same level of ‘abuse’ women are also in my view far more likely to perceive it as actual abuse whereas men will just suck it up or brush it off.

  2. Andrew says:

    If “threats, force” read “threats of force” this research would make sense. “Stop being bolshie to my mother or you can stop inviting yours here” is a threat but it is not abuse.

  3. Anna says:

    When making statistics public for popular information, provide sources to provide evidence of statistical ‘facts’ wrongly used.

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