Around 1.9 million people were victims of domestic abuse in the last year the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.
These latest figures include 1.3 million women and 600,000 men across England and Wales were affected by emotional and financial abuse, as well as sexual abuse and violence. These numbers represent 8.2 per cent of women and four per cent of men in the country.
In total, more than a quarter of women – 27.1 per cent – and 13.2 per cent of men have experienced some form of domestic violence or abuse since they turned 16. This means that as many as 4.5 million women and 2.2 million men have been victims.
Women are far more likely to be victims of all types of family violence, the ONS reports. In the last year 2.7 per cent experienced some kind of sexual violence from their partner. By contrast, only 0.7 per cent of men suffered the same type of abuse.
The figures were published in the ONS’ annual crime statistics report.
Last month, a women’s charity insisted that family courts are currently failing to adequately protect the partners and children of domestic abusers. Victims continue to suffer because of a “misguided belief … among judges that, because a relationship has ended, so has the domestic abuse” the group’s chief executive claimed.
Read the ONS report here.