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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