11% of teen girls say they’ve seen domestic abuse

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Eleven per cent of teenage girls aged between 16 and 19 say they have experienced domestic abuse, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported, making that age group the one most likely to be targeted.

Seven per cent of boys also report abuse, the ONS notes in a new bulletin collating government, Police and support group data.

Domestic abuse is a broader category of offence than domestic violence. It includes threats, verbal abuse, stalking and coercive control.

Altogether around 1.2 million women and 713,000 men have reported domestic abuse of varying kinds according to the bulletin. About 1.1 million incidents were reported to the Police but less than half of these (488,000) were judged to be actual crimes, and the Crown Prosecution Service pursued fewer than three quarters (73 per cent) of these. Just over three quarters (76 per cent) of the resulting cases resulted in convictions.

The commonest reason for the failure of cases in court was reported victims retracting their claims or failing to attend court.

ONS spokeswoman Alexa Bradley explained:

“Domestic abuse is a particularly difficult problem to tackle, not least because victims may be reluctant to report abuse or to support action against their abusers.”

The bulletin lists Cleveland, Gwent, London, South Wales and Durham as the regions with the highest number of incidents. Meanwhile North Yorkshire, the Thames Valley, Cheshire, Surrey and Dyfed-Powys had the lowest.

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Stowe Family Law Web Team

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