domestic violence

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domestic violence


Definition A pattern of sexual, emotional, psychological or financial abuse of a current or former partner, often punctuated by physical assault, or credible threats of bodily harm, occurring in the home.

Comment As defined in the UK, domestic violence is any violence between partners in an intimate relationship, wherever and whenever the violence occurs. These victims suffer on many levels–health, housing, education, and lack freedom to live meaningful lives without fear.

Risk factors Partner abuses alcohol or drugs; intermittent employment, unemployment; lower education

Perpetrator Former spouse, ex-boyfriend 

Synonym Battering

Domestic violence in the UK, facts of interest

• Accounts for 16% of all violent crime

• Has more repeat victims than any other crime (on average there are 35 assaults before a victim calls the police)

• Claims lives of 2 women/week

• 60% of offenders are unemployed, many have mental health issues, 36% witnessed violence between their own parents; 48% are alcohol dependent.

• Costs over £23 billion/year.

National help line 0808 2000 247 


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