Domestic abuse is about the misuse of power and the exercise of control within a relationship. It is most often experienced by women from someone they know, usually a man. This could be a partner, carer, friend or family member.
It is more common than you think with 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men experiencing it at some point in their lives.
One incident of domestic violence is reported to the police every minute.
On average, 2 women a week are killed by a current or former male partner.
Anyone can experience domestic abuse as it occurs regardless of age, class, race, social group, sexuality, disability or lifestyle. Long term consequences can be serious including disability, physical injuries, mental illness and in some cases, death. Children living with domestic violence are also at serious risk and may experience life-long psychological effects. Homelessness, poverty, isolation, disruption to employment and education are all common issues facing those surviving domestic violence.
Whilst local statistics show that domestic violence continues to be a significant problem in Warwickshire they also showing that agencies have been working effectively to protect and support victims, bring perpetrators to justice and reduce the incidence of domestic violence. This has been through improved awareness of domestic abuse through training and support.
Further information regarding services for victims of domestic abuse can be found here: