Domestic Abuse


Domestic violenceA quarter of all women in the UK will experience Domestic Violence in their lifetime.  Although fewer than half of all incidents in the UK are reported to the police, they still receive one domestic violence call every minute.

“Violence against women continues to persist as one of the most heinous, systematic and prevalent human rights abuses in the world” Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the UN

“No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 5

Every week, another two women escape domestic violenceUK Statistics

  • Domestic Violence accounts for betweeen 16% and 25% of all recorded crime in the UK. One incident every minute is reported to the police. (Home Office 2014)
  • One in five children in the UK will have been exposed to Domestic Violence (NSPCC 2014)
  • In any one year, there are 13 million separate incidents of physical violence or threats of violence against women from partners or former partners. (Walby and Allen, 2004)
  • Women are much more likely than men to be the victim of multiple incidents of abuse, and of sexual violence: 32% of women who had ever experienced domestic violence did so four or five (or more) times, compared with 11% of the (smaller number) of men who had ever experienced domestic violence; and women constituted 89% of all those who had experienced four or more incidents of domestic violence. (Walby and Allen, 2004)
  • Women are more likely than men to have experienced all types of intimate violence (partner abuse, family abuse, sexual assault and stalking) since the ages of 16. And nearly half the woman who had experienced intimate violence of any kind, were likely to have been victims of more than one kind of intimate abuse. (Coleman et al., 2007)
  • 54% of UK rapes are committed by a woman’s current or former partner. (Walby and Allen, 2004)

Commission on the Status of Women

UN Commission on the Status of WomenThe Commission is dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. It is the principal global policy-making body. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at the United Nations’ Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide.

The Commission was established by ECOSOC (to which SIGBI has Special Consultative Status) in 1946 with the aim to prepare recommendations and reports to the Council on promoting women’s rights in political, economic, civil, social and educational fields. The Commission also makes recommendations to the Council on urgent problems requiring immediate attention in the field of women’s rights.

Crown Prosecution Service

“The CPS developed a Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy, not only as a result of the importance the Service places on improving prosecutions of these crimes and supporting victims, but also in recognition of the United Nations, Council of Europe and End Violence Against Women Campaign initiatives and as part of the cross-government VAWG strategy.”

Equality and Human Rights Commission

The Equality and Human Rights Commission champions equality and human rights for all, working to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society.

The Everyman Project

The Everyman Project seeks to help men to change their violent or abusive behaviour with respect and dignity for every man, every woman and every child. It is a voluntary, charitable organisation based in London which offers a range of support services for men who want to stop behaving violently or abusively, and for the people affected by their violence or abuse. These include a focused brief counselling programme, a partner support programme, and a telephone help-line. Everyman Project relies on volunteers to support the organisation, provide the one-to-one counselling, and staff the telephone advice-line. All volunteers engaging with face-to-face clients receive clinical supervision on a regular basis.