NCP's report on violence against women 11.06.08
‘Hard Knock Life – Violence Against Women: A Guide for Donors and Funders’
Jarvinen, J., Kail, A., Miller, I. (2008) New Philanthropy Capital
Hard knock life, NPC’s report on violence against women, shows donors that there are proven ways to keep women safe and help women recover from abuse. The report contains a number of statistics about domestic violence that are listed below. Please note that Women's Aid doesn't necessarily endorse statistics produced externally.
You can download the report, the summary and listen to a podcast about the report on the Philanthropy Capital website.
Statistics from the NCP report
“Nearly a third of men think that domestic violence is acceptable if their partner has been nagging them.” (pg 15) ICM (2003) Hitting Home BBC Domestic Violence Survey
“One in five young men considers it acceptable to force a woman to have sex if they are married.” (pg 15) ICM (2003) Hitting Home BBC Domestic Violence Survey
“30% of people believe that domestic violence is acceptable in certain circumstances.” (pg 15) ICM (2003) Hitting Home BBC Domestic Violence Survey
“Nearly half of people believe that domestic violence is something that happens behind closed doors and is for the partners to sort out.” (pg 15) ICM (2003) Hitting Home BBC Domestic Violence Survey
“More people would call the police if someone was mistreating their dog than if someone was mistreating their partner.” (pg 15) ICM (2003) Hitting Home BBC Domestic Violence Survey
“Approximately 77% of victims of domestic violence are women”. (pg 6) HM Government (2008) Saving Lives. Reducing Harm. Protecting the Public. An Action Plan for Tackling Violence 2008-2011
“In the case of domestic violence, nearly one in four victims is victimised three or more times.” ( pg 7) Povey, E., Coleman, K., Kaiza, P., Hoare, C., Jansson, K., (2008) Home Office Statistical Bulletin: Crime in England and Wales 2006/07. Supplementary Volume 2 to Crime in England and Wales 2006/07.
“Every year 1.5 million women experience at least one incident of domestic abuse. This is nearly 30,000 women a week.” British Crime Survey 2006/07
Cost to society of domestic violence: £20.1bn (includes human and emotional cost, cost to public services, and cost in lost economic output). Calculated by NPC.
“The total cost of violence against women comes to £40.1bn per year. This is more than the government spends each year on defence.” HM Treasury (2007) Meeting the aspirations of the British people: 2007 Pre-Budget Report and Comprehensive Spending Review October 2007.
“Approximately 16% of violent incidents are characterised as domestic violence related.” (pg 26) Povey, E., Coleman, K., Kaiza, P., Hoare, C., Jansson, K., (2008) Home Office Statistical Bulletin: Crime in England and Wales 2006/07. Supplementary Volume 2 to Crime in England and Wales 2006/07.
“Each year one in ten victims of partner abuse takes time off work as a result of the abuse.” (pg 28) Povey, E., Coleman, K., Kaiza, P., Hoare, C., Jansson, K., (2008) Home Office Statistical Bulletin: Crime in England and Wales 2006/07. Supplementary Volume 2 to Crime in England and Wales 2006/07.
“Research shows that the majority of young people are confused about the issue of domestic violence and want to learn more.” (pg 33) Mullender, A., Hague, G., Imam, U., Kelly, L., Malos, E. and Regan, L. (2002) Children’s perspectives on domestic violence.
“Around half of rapes are committed by a current or former partner. As recently as 1990, it was legal for a man to rape his wife.” (pg 51) Coleman, K., Jansson, K., Kaiza, P., Reed, E., (2007) Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence 2005/2006, Home Office, Editor.
“Most women who are raped by their partners do not report the attacks to the police, despite the fact that they can be frequent and very violent. A qualitative study revealed that rapes within marriage are often brutal, with one third being described as ‘sadistic’.” (pg 53) Kelly, L., Lovett, L., Regan, J., (2005) A Gap or a Chasm? Attrition in reported rape cases. Home Office Research Study 293.
“Violence against women has affected almost 1 in 2 women in the UK” Coleman, K., Jansson, K., Kaiza, P., Reed, E., (2007) Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence 2005/2006. Home Office, Editor.
“6.1 million women have been sexually assaulted in their lifetime” Povey, E., Coleman, K., Kaiza, P., Hoare, C., Jansson, K., (2008) Home Office Statistical Bulletin: Crime in England and Wales 2006/07.
“Every year 100,000 women are raped. That is 2,000 women a week.” Povey, E., Coleman, K., Kaiza, P., Hoare, C., Jansson, K., (2008) Home Office Statistical Bulletin: Crime in England and Wales 2006/07.
“66,000 women in the UK have had their genitals mutilated”. Dorkenoo, E., Morison, L., Macfarlane, A., (2007) A Statistical Study to Estimate the Prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation in England and Wales Summary Report. FORWARD, Department of Health.
“One in three local authorities has no women’s refuge” Coy, M., Kelly, L., Foord, J., (2007) Map of Gaps: The Postcode Lottery of Violence Against Women Support Services. End Violence Against women.
“There are now only half the number of rape crisis centres that there were in 1984 and, without more funding, more closures are likely.” Women’s Resource Centre (2006) The Crisis in Rape Crisis.
“Over a quarter of people think a woman bears some responsibility for being raped if she is wearing revealing clothing.” Rape Crisis Scotland, Rape Crisis Scotland Public Awareness Campaign, in Rape Crisis (England and Wales) National Conference. Leeds (5 February 2008).
“500 women who have experienced domestic violence in the last six months commit suicide every year. Of those, just under 200 attended hospital for domestic violence on the day that they committed suicide” Walby, S. (2004) The Cost of Domestic Violence. Women and Equality Unit. http://www.womenandequalityunit.gov.uk/research/cost_of_dv_Report_sept04.pdf.
“Approximately 42% of domestic violence victims have been victimised more than once. The British Crime Survey indicates that victims experience an average of 20 incidents of domestic violence in a year, which can often increase in severity each time.” Walby, S. and Allen, J. (2004) Domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking: Findings from the British Crime Survey. Home Office Development and Statistics Directorate.
“Men who are violent to their partners are likely to be violent to their children: in 30-60% of families where either domestic violence or child abuse was occurring the other form of violence was also happening.” Royal College of General Practitioners website, http://www.rcgp.org.uk
“Around one in twenty children is witness to frequent physical violence between parents.” Cawson, P., Wattam, C., Brooker, S. and Kelly, G. (2000) Child Maltreatment in the United Kingdom: A study of the prevalence of abuse and neglect. NSPCC.
“Many women use alcohol or drugs as a response to and a way of dealing with abuse. Women experiencing domestic violence are up to fifteen times more likely to misuse alcohol and nine times more likely to misuse other drugs than women generally” Stark, E. and Flitcraft, A. (1996) Women at risk: Domestic violence and women’s health.
A recent survey showed that one in five teenage girls has been hit by a boyfriend, one third of teenage girls say that cheating justifies violence, and over 40% of all girls said they would consider giving a boy a second chance if he hit them. (Sugar and NSPCC (2005) Teen abuse survey of Great Britain.)
“In London the average stay for a woman in a refuge was 173 days in 2006/2007, which rose to 217 days in specialist refuges for BME women.” Women’s Resource Centre (2007) Funding of London Women’s Refuges: Report for London Councils.
Research into the needs of children affected by domestic violence found that their two primary needs are to be safe and to have someone to talk to. (Mullender, A., Hague, G., Imam, U., Kelly, L., Malos, E. and Regan, L. (2002) Children’s perspectives on domestic violence.)
Using recent data obtained from the MARAC areas, there has been an estimated average reduction of 50% in repeat victimisation among those cases reviewed at MARAC. (HM Government (2008) Saving Lives. Reducing Harm. Protecting the Public. An Action Plan for Tackling Violence 2008-2011.)
“Around 3,000 forced marriages take place every year.” Khanum, N. (2008) Forced marriage, family cohesion and community engagement: national learning through a case study of Luton. Equality in diversity, and Revill, J., Forced marriage in the UK a widespread problem, in The Guardian 9 March 2008.
“50% of men believe domestic violence is a private issue so it is for the partners to sort out.” ICM (2003) Hitting Home BBC Domestic Violence Survey