Hidden Story of Domestic Abuse
Domestic abuse is still a largely hidden crime. Research suggests just 20% of incidents are reported.
Those who have experienced abuse from a partner or ex-partner will often try to keep it from families, friends, or authorities.
- They may feel ashamed or blame themselves.
- They may love their partner and not want them to be criticised or punished.
- They may be frightened that if they tell anyone and their partner finds out they will be in danger of even worse abuse.
Domestic abuse is massively under-reported. It has the highest rate of repeat victimisation of any crime.
On average, a woman will be attacked 35 times before reporting it to the police.
In the UK every week two women are murdered by a partner or ex-partner - the single largest cause of female homicide.