Women’s Aid response to new ONS statistics on domestic abuse
Tuesday 13th December 2016
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“While it is positive to see the Government taking steps to gather proper data on domestic abuse, there is still a long way to go before these figures reflect the reality of domestic abuse in the UK. The prevalence estimates from the crime survey don’t take into account important context and impact information. For example, the impact of abuse on the victim, the severity of the violence, whether there were multiple incidents, or if they form a pattern of coercive control. If the prevalence estimates were to take these factors into consideration, the findings would be very different.
“It would be dangerous to interpret these figures without taking these crucial factors into consideration. We know that nearly half of women killed in the UK are killed by an intimate partner or former partner, compared to 6% of men killed (and not all of those killed by a woman), that the overwhelming majority of victims of repeated patterns of coercion and control, are women. On average, two women a week are killed by a partner or ex-partner in England and Wales.
“We are talking to the ONS about these serious concerns, and working with them to make sure the data captured is relevant, accurate and helpful in tacking domestic abuse, and ending violence against women and girls.”