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Domestic violence or abuse

Domestic violence affects 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in the United Kingdom and is currently vastly under-reported, with victims experiencing on average 35 separate incidents of abuse before reporting their experiences to anyone.​

​It is vital for communities to raise awareness of domestic abuse and to support victims in disclosing their experiences and to seek the support they need to stop the violence and abuse.

Child protection issue

Domestic abuse is a child protection issue for families. 90% of children living in violent households will be in the same or the next room when the violence occurs and can be affected by the abuse in many ways from becoming withdrawn and absorbed in school work to acting up and displaying anti-social behaviour. Children may also be hurt themselves during domestic violence incidents, whether accidentally or on purpose, and agencies are in a position to support families and children and young people with these issues.

For more information about domestic abuse, support and help that is available please visit the main Domestic abuse or violence pages.

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