Response to the release of the ONS annual domestic abuse statistics

London 25 November 2019: Refuge, the UK’s largest domestic violence charity, responds to the release of the ONS annual domestic abuse statistics.

In response to the release of the ONS annual domestic abuse statistics, Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of the national domestic abuse charity Refuge said:

These statistics should serve as a serious wake-up call to the future Government that domestic abuse is a major crime in this country and must be top of the political agenda.

‘It is clear that the likelihood of women and girls experiencing domestic abuse at some point in their lives is increasing. This is devastating news given this time last year we knew 1 in 4 women would experience domestic abuse – this figure is edging towards 1 in 3. Alarmingly, incidents of domestic sexual assault are also increasing. This rise is set against a backdrop of lower conviction rates. These statistics are a national travesty.

‘The only way to address violence against women and girls is to prioritise legislation which gives domestic abuse national attention, works to reduce the numbers whilst increasing funding and the number of specialist services to which women can turn to for support. Refuge calls on the future Government to bring the Domestic Abuse Bill back to parliament, and to work towards its swift passage into law. Women’s lives depend on it.’

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