Women’s Aid response to new ONS statistics
Thursday 9th February 2017
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“The statistics on domestic abuse, released today by the Office of National Statistics, are shocking; they show what a significant problem it remains in our society.
“What the statistics do not show is the impact of coercive control – the heart of domestic abuse – and the damage it causes. Women’s Aid has been working with the ONS, and other experts in the sector, on improving the way the crime survey captures experiences of coercive control.
“However, the data released today is based on current questions, which do not adequately capture the true nature of domestic abuse. The prevalence estimates do not take into account important context and impact information, which would give a more accurate picture. This means the data do not capture as accurate or as full a picture as is required – and leads to gender differences in experiences of domestic abuse being obscured, for example.
“That said, it is important in showing that domestic abuse is still an enormous problem. The data also shows that one third of all assault with and without injury cases dealt with by the police in the year ending March 2016 were linked to domestic abuse. This shows how urgent the need is for services that respond to domestic abuse, and that support survivors.”