Women’s Aid responds to the latest domestic abuse report from the ONS
Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“Our knowledge, captured from the full range of domestic abuse services who work directly with survivors, can help us understand the full impact of domestic abuse, including the women who will never be included in criminal justice statistics. That is why we are pleased that Women’s Aid data has been included in the ONS Domestic Abuse report for the first time. However, the ONS data currently cannot offer the full picture.
“Domestic abuse by its very nature, hidden behind closed doors, is hard to capture in statistics alone. Survivors often do not involve official bodies as it takes great courage to report abuse to the police; some women will never speak out because they don’t know if they will be believed, are not given the space to make the call or fear the repercussions if they do report the perpetrator to the police.
“We want to continue to work with the police and ONS to help make sure the full picture is captured in the data. We need to make sure cases do not solely rely on the victim’s testimony to see a case through to prosecution, just as they would for other crimes such as fraud, burglary or traffic offences, and that the criminal justice system works to improve their data collection so that we can understand the huge disparity between survivors reporting domestic abuse to the police and perpetrators being held accountable for the harm they are causing.”
You can access the ONS report online here.
For further information, please contact the Women’s Aid press office: [email protected]