What is meant by ‘domestic violence’?

    Facts & figures

Although domestic violence is chronically under reported, research estimates that it:

  • accounts for 16% of all violent crime (Source: Crime in England and Wales 04/05 report)
  • has more repeat victims than any other crime (on average there will have been 35 assaults before a victim calls the police)
  • costs in excess of £23bn a year
  • claims the lives of two women each week and 30 men per year
  • will affect 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in their lifetime

This is the link to the Home Office website where you can read this and other information for yourself.   http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/crime-victims/reducing-crime/domestic-violence/

The following entry is from Australia, where it is stated that domestic violence will affect the lives of 50% of Australian women in their lifetime.

Sydney, Australia – November 2, 2007 – White Ribbon today launches its 2007

national campaign with a call to action for all political parties to pledge their commitment

to develop social policies to end violence against women in Australia. At the launch of its

annual media campaign White Ribbon asks Australia’s politicians to remember that

almost half of all Australian women will be victims of physical or sexual abuse in their

lifetime, and implores them to bring violence prevention strategies higher up the political

agenda.   To read more click on this link:-

http://www.whiteribbonday.org.au/

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