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Below you will find statistics about domestic abuse in Warwickshire and nationally. Please be aware before continuing that some of these statistics may be difficult to read.

Statistics about domestic abuse in Warwickshire

  • People will suffer for years without reporting domestic abuse. On average, 7 years and 35 beatings will pass before contact is made with an agency who can help.
  • Domestic abuse accounts for 16% (1 in 6) of all violent crime in Warwickshire.
  • It is estimated that around 80% of victim's children witness domestic abuse.
  • There are more repeat victims of domestic abuse than any other category of offence.

Statistics about domestic abuse nationally

  • Domestic abuse claims the lives of two women a week and thirty men a year.
  • Over half telephone a friend or family member about the abuse they are suffering.

Statistics about domestic abuse and children

  • In 90% of reported domestic abuse incidents, children have been present in the same or a nearby room.
  • Each year in this country over 750,000 children witness domestic abuse (Department of Health, 2003)
  • Over 30,000 children stay in refuges after their mothers have fled domestic abuse.
  • In a Childline sample 38% of children had been assaulted.
  • In 59% of children subjected to physical abuse, neglect and/or emotional abuse there was concurrent violence in the family, usually inflicted by men to women.
  • Domestic abuse affects children regardless of age. Pregnancy or childbirth is often a trigger for the first abuse.
  • In Warwickshire between 1 January and 31 December 2007 1,529 (31%) of concern referrals to children's social care teams were referred due to domestic abuse. (Data source KIMS: 08/02/08)
  • Research indicates that children in violent homes are:
    • 7 times more likely to commit suicide
    • 50% more likely to abuse alcohol or drugs
    • Likely to commit 76% of crimes as young juveniles
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