Domestic and sexual violence

People in BristolViolence and abuse blights the lives of a significant proportion of our communities locally, nationally and internationally. Not only are the victims themselves seriously adversely affected but the tentacles of abuse reach friends, family and children.

  • Nationally, domestic violence accounted for 15% of all violent incidents in 2011/12. Nearly one third of women and nearly one fifth of men say they have experienced domestic abuse since the age of 16.[1]
  • The Home Office estimates that 14,273 women and girls aged 16-59 in Bristol have been a victim of domestic abuse in the past year.
  • Based on this information, it is estimated that domestic violence and abuse costs Bristol £41,309,806 each year. This figure includes costs for physical and mental healthcare, criminal justice system, social services, and other costs such as housing. This figure does not however include human and emotional costs.
  • On average there have been 35 domestic violence assaults before a victim calls the Police, leading to large discrepancies between estimated numbers of victims and reported crime levels.
  • Up to three million women across the UK experience rape, domestic violence, forced marriage, stalking, sexual exploitation and trafficking, female genital mutilation (FGM) or so called “honour” violence each year.[2]
  • In 6888 cases, children and young people were referred to Bristol City Council Children and Young People’s Social Care service as living in homes where domestic violence and abuse had been reported (2010-11).
What is domestic violence? Who is affected?

[2] Coy, M., Lovett, J. and Kelly, L., Realising Rights, Fulfilling Obligations: A Template for an Integrated Strategy on Violence Against Women for the UK, End Violence Against Women Coalition (2009).

Ending domestic and sexual violence through education