Around 1.9 million people in England and Wales, aged between 16 and 59 years old, experienced domestic abuse in the year ending March 2017. That’s about 6% of people within that age range.
In the same period, domestic abuse-related crimes recorded by the police accounted for nearly a third of violent crimes (32%) and 11% of crimes in general. Between April 2013 and March 2016, 454 people were killed in domestic homicides (approximately three people a week) nearly a third of all murders where the victim was aged 16 and over. Of this figure, 70% of victims were women*.
In Sutton, domestic violence accounted for 38% of incidents of violence with injury in 2017 (467 out of 1,242)**.
Despite the enormity of these figures, the number of people experiencing domestic abuse is thought to be much higher. It is often a hidden crime that goes unreported.
*ONS: ww.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/ bulletins/domesticabuseinenglandandwales/yearendingmarch2017
**Community Safety Partnership Strategic Assessment 2017-18