Women’s Aid responds to the latest ONS report on domestic abuse
Thursday 8th February 2018
Today, the Office for National Statistics released their latest report, Domestic abuse: findings from the Crime Survey for England and Wales: year ending March 2017. Women’s Aid responds to the latest findings.
Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“Today’s ONS statistics show that that levels of domestic abuse experienced by women continue to be prevalent, with an estimated 1.2 million women having experienced domestic abuse in the last year and young women aged 16-24 years old continuing to be the age group at most risk. Domestic abuse remains at epidemic levels with 82 women being killed by a former or current partner in the year to March 2017. Yet too often domestic abuse is ignored or condoned. We need to tackle public attitudes that continue to blame victims for the abuse; over 7% of the general public reported that they believe it was always, mostly or sometimes acceptable to hit or slap a partner if they were having an affair or cheating on them.
“We at Women’s Aid want to make tackling domestic abuse everyone’s business. That’s why we launched our Change that Lasts approach to transform the response to domestic abuse, a project that aims to ensure that no matter who a survivors speaks to about her experience of domestic abuse she will be listened to, believed and given the right response the first time she reaches out for help.
“We are also calling for the government to ensure that their landmark Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill will put survivors’ lived experience at the heart of the bill so that it will transform the national approach to domestic abuse. To do this, the Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill must go beyond changes to the criminal justice system, and tackle the sexism and gender inequality that are both a root cause and a consequence of domestic abuse, if we are to ensure that every woman and her children can live in a world free from domestic abuse.”
For further information, please contact the Women’s Aid press office on: [email protected] / 020 7566 2511.