1 in 4 women experience domestic violence over their lifetimes. 6-10% of women suffer domestic violence in a given year (Analysis of 10 separate prevalence studies, Council of Europe, 2002).

13 million incidents of domestic violence (i.e. non-sexual threats or force) against women occur each year in England & Wales. 2.5 million against men occur each year (Walby & Allen, 2004, analysis of British Crime Survey).

 45% women and 26% men experienced at least 1 incident of inter-personal violence in their lifetime. But when you look at those experiencing 4 or more incidents (i.e. ongoing abuse) 89% of victims were women (Walby and Allen, 2004)                                                  

When women are sexually assaulted, it is most commonly by men they know; 54% of women were sexually assaulted by a current or former partner (Walby and Allen, 2004 analysis of 2001 British Crime Survey) 

On average, 2 women are killed by a partner or ex-partner each week; that's nearly 40% of all female homicide victims. (Povey, 2005; Home Office, 1999; Department of Health, 2005.)

Domestic violence is a causal factor in the development of mental health problems, including depression, alcoholism, suicide, homelessness (Mahoney et al, 2001)

Domestic violence costs the state about £3.1 billion and employers about £1.3 billion p.a.. The cost of the human and emotional suffering is estimated to be around £17 billion. The total cost is estimated at around £23 billion p. a.  (Walby , 2004, The Cost of Domestic Violence Women and Equality Unit) 



Nearly 1 in 5 counselling sessions held in Relate Centres in England mentioned domestic violence as an issue in the marriage (Stanko, 2000)

Every minute in the UK, the police receive a call from the public for assistance for domestic violence. That's 1,300 calls a day; over 570,000 p.a..  89% involve men assaulting women (Stanko, 2000)

 But less than 24% of domestic violence crime is reported to the police (Walby and Allen, 2004)


 44% of domestic violence victims are victimised more than once. No other type of crime has such a high rate of repeat victimisation (Dodd et al, 2004).