October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.
Domestic violence includes a range of behaviours: it can be physical, psychological, sexual or financial abuse. It takes place within an intimate relationship and forms a pattern of bullying and controlling behaviour.
1 in 4 women will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime – many of these on a number of occasions.
1 in 6 men will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime
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.
The British Crime Survey revealed that 19% of domestic violence incidents were reported to be male victims, with just under half of these having a female abuser.
Of those women who have been subject to domestic force half (48%) have also been subject to frightening threats and nearly half (41%) to emotional or financial abuse
Every 37.8 seconds, somewhere in America a man is battered.
Every 20.9 seconds, somewhere in America a woman is battered.
Every year, 1,510,455 women and 834,732 men are victims of physical violence by an intimate.