Victims of Violence

UK domestic violence: on average 2 women a week are killed

Half of domestic violence survivors in the UK also experienced online abuse. (Wikimedia Commons)

Half of domestic violence survivors in the UK also experienced online abuse. (Wikimedia Commons)

New data estimates that 7.3 per cent of women, 1.2 million, report having experienced domestic abuse, according to Office for National Statistics’ new 2013 figures.

Earlier this month, the Guardian uncovered statistics which revealed 10,000 women were at risk of death in their own homes. Police assessments revealed 10,952 people, mainly women, are at high risk of facing a violent death at home or suffering severe violence.

More than a quarter of victims sustained a physical injury as a consequence of domestic abuse, while 39 per cent reported that they had since experienced mental or emotional problems. Twenty-eight per cent of domestic abuse victims were subsequently forced to receive some form of medical attention.

On the other side, however, on average two women a week are killed by a male partner or former partner: this constitutes around one-third of all female homicide victims.

This data was obtained in a FOIA from the MET Police. This data was extracted from METSTATS on the 13 February 2013.

This data was obtained in a FOIA from the MET Police. This data was extracted from METSTATS on the 13 February 2013.

Less than half of all incidents are reported to the police, but they still receive one domestic violence call every minute in the UK. That accounts for 10 percent of all emergency calls.

Globally, domestic violence defies basic human rights; however, it has only recently been accepted as a human rights issue in legal terms. This has allowed for victims to pursue their national governments for failing to respond to their attacks. This is putting pressure on governments to take a tough stance on the crime.

It was not until 2007 that the European Court of Human Rights agreed to undertake cases on the subject. In roughly ten cases since then, the court has recognised that domestic violence is a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

 

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