Domestic Abuse and Violence – 2022 Data

Domestic violence

This post is a part of our guide series to support anyone who may be experiencing domestic violence or has questions on what they should do:

What is Domestic Violence?
Who Commits Domestic Violence and Why?
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Domestic Violence?
How to Handle & Deal with Domestic Violence
How to Escape (or Help Someone Else Escape) Domestic Violence
How to Heal and Recover from Domestic Violence
What Impacts Does Domestic Violence Have on Victims and Their Family/Friends?
How to report Domestic Violence (and Who to Report it to)
How is Domestic Violence Proven in Court?
Punishment and Sentencing for Violent Domestic Abuse
How can Domestic Violence be Prevented?
What Effects Does Domestic Violence Have on Wider Society?
Domestic Violence Data & Statistics
Domestic Violence Helplines, Support & Further Reading


Domestic violence can range from emotional abuse to physical and sexual abuse.

The abuser can be a partner, relative, neighbour, employer or friend; not all domestic abuse is contained within a relationship with a partner.

These various types of abuse are often difficult to identify so it is important to remember that abuse becomes abuse when someone is misusing their power or control over you to deliberately cause mental or physical harm and distress.

What Causes Domestic Abuse?

A lot of domestic violence is rooted in power and control. Although it is commonly prompted through misogyny, it can happen to anyone regardless of gender, race, sexuality or religion.

Some domestic violence is caused by individuals who have been surrounded primarily by violence throughout their childhood and may consider this kind of behaviour to be the norm.

Psych Central is an organisation the specialises in the causes of domestic violence. It lists various factors that may amount to a need for control in a relationship that may ultimately result in domestic violence. These factors being:

  • Less access to education;
  • Personality disorders;
  • Substance abuse;
  • Cultural attitudes;
  • Gender ideologies;
  • Low self-esteem; and
  • Struggling with anger management and security.

What percent of domestic violence cases are alcohol related?

Studies show that two thirds of domestic incidents that are known to the police were found to involve at least one individual within a couple to have been ‘under the influence’.

Some participants that were interviewed considered alcohol to have a direct effect on their behaviour and occasionally presented alcohol as an exculpatory factor of the abuse.

Furthermore, alcohol was logged as involved in 68.2% of the domestic incidents that were reported to the police.

How many people are affected by domestic violence?

Domestic violence can happen to both men and women, and in the most severe of cases, can result in death.

How many women die from domestic violence?

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) 2019 published statistics stating that two women per week are killed by a current of former partner in England and Wales alone.

In the year ending March 2018, a third of women were killed by their partner or ex-partner (33%, 63 homicides), which is the fewest number of women killed in the last 40 years. Between April 2018 and March 2019, ONS shows that 80 women were killed.

However, this statistic could be changed due to a number of continuing police investigations and the wait for the Homicide index to be updated. Similarly, women can be abusers towards men.

How many men die from domestic violence?

Over the past 5 years from April 2015 to March 2020, an average of 12 men per year have been killed by a partner or ex partner.

Almost half of male victims (49%) fail to tell anyone that they are a victim of domestic abuse, and are two and a half times less likely to tell anyone compared to female victims.

But What Percentage of Domestic Violence Victims are Male?

The ONS figures show that every year, one in three victims of domestic abuse are male. This equates to 757,000 men. Regarding the domestic abuse crimes that have been reported to the police, 26% of them were from male victims.

Domestic abuse is primarily discussed as an issue involving only women as the victims; however, these statistics prove that a large number of men do suffer, and often suffer in silence.

Why don’t men report domestic violence?

Domestic abuse against men is not primarily violent; people are often mistaken in thinking that abuse only has to be physical or violent for a man to be affected. Men may experience some, the majority, or even all of the following behaviours:

  • Bullying: being mocked or humiliated, insulted or criticised;
  • Control: being checked up on or followed by the abuser, and in severe cases, stalked;
  • Threats: intimidation and violence to establish their power;
  • Being forced into sex;
  • Financial control: taking money or stealing money; and
  • Gaslighting: denying the abuse and blaming it on the victim.

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