- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in Britain will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime.
- A domestic abuse incident takes place every 6 seconds in this country.
- No other crime happens so often to the victim. A woman may be assaulted up to 35 times before she seeks help.
- Over 100,000 women a year in the UK seek treatment for violent crimes received in the home.
- There are people who believe you and will help you
- You have rights to protection under the law and have a right to housing.
Who does it affect?
Domestic abuse can affect everyone who is involved or witnesses such incidents. Victims often feel guilt and shame: they must remember they are not alone.
Abuse in the home is likely to have harmful long-term effects for the children who witness it. Family members, friends and neighbours often want to help but feel helpless and frustrated.