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.

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  • 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.