Our View – Domestic abuse prevalence and trends

The Office for National Statistics have released their analysis of the prevalence, long-term trends and types of domestic abuse experienced by adults across England and Wales for the year ending March 2019.

The data shows:

  • Domestic abuse has risen by 24 per cent in a year while referrals of cases from the police to the Crown Prosecution Service fell by 11 per cent.
  • Police recorded an average of one incident of domestic abuse per minute in the year ending March 2019.
  • Some 746,219 domestic abuse-related crimes were recorded in total – a rise of almost a quarter on the previous year.
  • A charity working with victims of domestic abuse described the rising trends as a “national travesty”.
  • Referrals of suspects from domestic abuse-flagged cases to the CPS for a charging decision fell 11 per cent from 110,653 to 98,470 from the previous year.
  • An estimated 1.6 million women aged 16 to 74 years experienced domestic abuse in the year ending March 2019.
  • The number of recorded coercive control offences were found to have nearly doubled within the past year.

You can see the figures here >>

Commenting, NRCN Chair Julia Mulligan said:

“These figures are another illustration of the scale of domestic abuse in our society. The doubling of coercive control offences is not a surprise but it is a major concern and reinforces the findings of our major report earlier this year. These offences can be particularly dangerous in rural communities where the abuse can be hidden under our noses by abusers who like to keep it that way.

“All parties with a duty to help victims; the police, support services, charities, Police and Crime Commissioners, health services, and many others, need to work faster to address this. Collectively, we have let victims and survivors down. We have failed. We need to put that right.

“We need to better protect the women, children and men in rural communities, and across our society, who suffer daily at the hands of calculating, manipulating, controlling and violent abusers.”

Read our research – ‘Captive & Controlled’ – here >>