Duncan Lewis

Domestic violence numbers on the rise as more women reporting about their abuse

Date: (8 March 2013)    |    

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Citizens‘s advice the charity has said that it had received reports of attacks from 13,500 people of which 80% were women.
According to the British Crime Survey there was a 40% decline in cases of domestic violence incidents since 1995, and there was a feeling that the war against domestic violence had been won but the new figures according to the charity Citizens Advice is worrying factor as it shows a substantial increase in the number of people telling advisers they are victims.
The figures reveal that 13,500 people – 80% of them women – reported domestic violence to Citizens Advice last year. There were 3,300 reported incidents between October and December 2012, an 11% increase on the same period the previous year.
Although the figures may not be accurate the fact remains that there had been a spike in reports of domestic violence, a crime often considered done under wraps. But the figures arise as women feel more able to report it – Citizens Advice says it was sufficiently concerned to open specialist services for victims in 10 of its UK offices.
Gillian Guy, chief executive for Citizens Advice says that the figures for domestic violence cases it was a disturbingly high and was a troubling factor for all levels in the society, too many women and children were being affected she said.
She called on the prime minister to honour his promise made on International Women’s Day to tackle the problem saying that the governmental cuts were going to make it more difficult in tackling the problem which was getting even worse. The government needed to do everything it can to deal with the problem of violence against women in the society by giving full support they needed.
According to Home Office figures, 1.2 million women experienced domestic abuse last year in the UK, including half a million victims of sexual assault.
There is a hidden epidemic of abuse undermining decades of progress in the women's liberation movement, according to Holly Dustin of the End Violence Against Women coalition.
She added that there was more than policy and procedures to tackle this problem which could need nothing less than a revolution in the way of thinking.
New research from Women's Aid and Refuge – the largest provider of accommodation for domestic violence victims – reveals that, despite high-profile campaigns, many women, particularly teenagers, do not know where to turn for help if they are being abused.
Claire, who is now 22, was abused by her boyfriend from the age of 15 but did not recognise that she was a victim of domestic abuse. She said that she was not aware what a healthy relationship was and that teenagers faced domestic abuse.
She firmly believes children should be taught about domestic violence. Joanne Wood, who was abused by her partner from the age of 16, was similarly unaware of what was happening to her, not recognising that being forced to have sex was wrong.
Refuge and Women's Aid were struggling to make a difference as it couldn’t be done on their own and needed proper government funding and commitment to get sex and healthy relationships education into every school in the UK," she said.