Figures released in November by the Office for National Statistics show that in the year ending March 2018, around 2 million adults in England and Wales experienced domestic abuse. Of these 1.3 million were women and 700,000 were men.
Police forces subsequently recorded 600,000 domestic-abuse related crimes, an increase of 23% over the previous year, and made over 225,000 arrests. Convictions resulted from 76% of prosecutions, the highest level since 2010. Around a fifth of the cases related to stalking and harassment offences.
Domestic abuse is often hidden from view by the victim, usually out of fear, social stigma, or anxiety about the consequences for the family unit of bringing it out into the open. It can take many forms – physical, emotional, sexual, financial or simple threats and intimidation.
The first step for an individual is to recognise they are being abused, before seeking help to stop it. Many organisations can offer advice, including Citizens Advice, Victim Support, Women’s Aid, and the National Domestic Violence Helpline. Useful information can also be found here: Herts Police Domestic Abuse Information.
Even talking to a trusted friend can start the process of breaking the cycle of abuse.
Bretherton Law have a team of specialist Family and Child Law solicitors with many years’ experience of offering honest, professional advice to domestic abuse victims. To find out how we can help call Atifha Aftab on 01727 869293, or use the contact form below.