Domestic abuse leads to an average of two women being murdered each week in the UK and accounts for 16% of all violent crime. In the year ending March 2018, an estimated 2.0 million adults aged 16-59 years experienced domestic abuse in the last year. (1.3 million women and 695,000 men). Domestic abuse can be defined as any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour between people in a relationship, ex intimate partners or family members.
But it isn’t just the physical violence-Domestic abuse includes emotional, physical, sexual, financial, psychological abuse as well as stalking, controlling and coercive behaviour. Domestic abuse is not gender specific.