‘I was the biggest’ victim of domestic violence in Britain
More than a quarter of women and one in 10 men say they have been the victim of a domestic violence incident in the last 12 months, according to a survey commissioned by a charity.
The findings of the new domestic violence charity, Women Against Violence, will be unveiled on Monday as part of a new conference on gender and domestic violence.
The charity, which works with a network of domestic abuse charities, said that more than half of the women and a quarter a third of men surveyed said they had experienced some form of domestic assault.
It said women were also at higher risk of being targeted because of their gender and ethnicity.
In a survey of 2,300 men and women aged between 18 and 54, women were nearly three times more likely to say they had been the subject of domestic and sexual violence.
And one in five men said they have suffered some form or another of sexual assault.
The research also found that women were twice as likely as men to be the target of physical violence from their partners.
The charities’ chief executive, Caroline Lucas, said: “Women are the primary target of domestic, sexual and physical violence in our society and we need to make sure that the police, social services and others recognise and take action when they see it.”
The charity said the number of women being victims of violence in the UK is rising.
The figures are based on data collected in 2015-16 and published on its website.
It added that a third more men than women had experienced violence from a partner in the past year.
The organisation said that although more women than men had been physically assaulted, it was also clear that women are more likely than men to experience sexual assault and domestic and family violence.
A spokesperson for the charity said: ‘It is our view that this rise in women being the victims of domestic or sexual violence is not attributable to an increase in male victims of such violence, but rather reflects a broader increase in the levels of domestic/sexual violence experienced by women and men, and the disproportionate amount of women who are abused by a partner.’
It is important to note that the majority of perpetrators of domestic & sexual violence are men, but this has not always been the case.’
These are also true for other forms of violence, such as stalking and sexual assault.’