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.