Across the world, on just one day 56,308 women and 39,130 children sought refuge from domestic violence at women’s shelters around the world. Of these 3,410 women and 3,720 children were resident in a refuge in England.
Not everyone received help: worldwide, of those who found their way to contacting a local shelter, at least 7,608 women and 4,734 children were turned away. Women’s Aid’s ‘Day to Count’ in England showed that 320 of these women could not be accommodated in at least one of the refuges they approached, usually simply due to lack of space. Given the drastic cuts to specialist service provision that we are witnessing across the country, this number is highly likely to rise in 2012
Domestic Violence conviction rates are at their highest after a four-year campaign by prosecutors to tackle violence against women and girls. The overall number of prosecutions for violence against women – which include rape, sexual assault and harassment – has risen to 91,000 cases a year, Keir Starmer will say.
The latest statistics from the British Crime Survey show that every year in the UK more than 1 million women suffer domestic abuse, more than 300,000 are sexually assaulted and 60,000 are raped. But fewer than one in four people who suffer abuse by their partner and fewer than one in 10 women who experience serious sexual assault report it to the police.
A spokeswoman for Refuge welcomed the CPS report. She said: "Refuge remains concerned that the numbers of perpetrators prosecuted and subsequently convicted represents the tip of an iceberg ... the 66,860 successfully prosecuted nationally, barely scratches the surface. "We are concerned that the British Crime Survey tells us that there are an estimated 1.2 million women who experience domestic violence each year in the UK. Some of these cases may not be reported to the police for a number of reasons, including women being too frightened to come forward. This leaves a huge number of domestic abuse cases that never reach the police and therefore the courts.
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- Women were attacked about six times more often by offenders with whom they had an intimate relationship than were male violence victims.
- Nearly 30 percent of all female homicide victims were known to have been killed by their husbands, former husbands or boyfriends.
- In contrast, just over 3 percent of male homicide victims were known to have been killed by their wives, former wives or girlfriends.
- Husbands, former husbands, boyfriends and ex-boyfriends committed more than one million violent acts against women.
- Family members or other people they knew committed more than 2.7 million violent crimes against women.
- Husbands, former husbands, boyfriends and ex-boyfriends committed 26 percent of rapes and sexual assaults.
- Forty-five percent of all violent attacks against female victims 12 years old and older by multiple offenders involve offenders they know.
- The rate of intimate-offender attacks on women separated from their husbands was about three times higher than that of divorced women and about 25 times higher than that of married women.
- Women of all races were equally vulnerable to attacks by intimates.
- Female victims of violence were more likely to be injured when attacked by someone they knew than female victims of violence who were attacked by strangers.
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