Just one in five find it easy to identify domestic violence

Family Law|July 8th 2015

Just 22 per cent of people – a little over one in five – say they would find it easy to identify domestic abuse, according to new research from Citizens Advice.

Market research firm Comres polled 2,000 adults for the advice organisation.

As many as one in three claimed to be not be aware that domestic violence could take place between ex-partners or spouses no longer involved with each other, and only two in five (39 per cent) said they understood the concept of financial abuse, in which someone controls their victim’s spending. Awareness of psychological abuse was higher, with four out of five or 86 per cent saying they had heard of the phenomenon.

Thirteen per cent of respondents, meanwhile, insisted that domestic violence was only possible between people who have begun living together and could not happen when couples were still dating.

Citizens Advice Chief Executive Gillian Guy said the finding highlighted the issues faced by many victims.

“The suffering of domestic abuse victims is going undetected. Many people do not realise abuse can occur after a relationship has ended and be financial or psychological, as well as physical. Without the knowledge and understanding of the extent of abuse it is difficult for family and friends to make sure people get the help they need.”

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  1. stitchedup says:

    There’s a good chance the one in five have been conditioned to interpret any domestic dispute or criticism targeted at a woman as domestic abuse. The current definition of domestic abuse is absurd and can be shoe horned fit even the most trivial of everyday domestic disagreements. When relationships breakdown there is often inevitable conflict and bad feeling, emotions run high particularly when infidelity is involved. This is a state of affairs not an indication of domestic abuse unless of course there has been physical violence. So, I’m not surprised that many do not identify every day domestic disagreements conflict during relational breakdown as domestic abuse.

  2. Luke says:

    “and only two in five (39 per cent) said they understood the concept of financial abuse, in which someone controls their victim’s spending”
    That’s probably because it’s largely bull**** – how are you going to draw the line between a “victim” who is spending unreasonably and one who isn’t.
    ‘Partner’ seems to be extremely vague, the “abuse” appears to extremely vague – it is very foolish because it is trying to legislate in areas where that is not realistic – the whole process seems to once again revolve around the idea that nobody should ever be accountable for the situation that they find themselves in, or be expected to do anything about it.

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