Domestic Violence         

This page provides an introduction to 'domestic violence' reduction information.  Domestic violence is violence committed in  a domestic surrounding and is both physical and verbal violent behaviour directed at an individual or individuals within that setting.

  • Around 2.1 million people suffer some form of domestic abuse each year in the UK.- 1.4 million women (8.5% of the population) and 700,000 men (4.5% of the population).
  • Each year more than 100,000 people in the UK are at high and imminent risk of being murdered or seriously injured as a result of domestic abuse.1

Domestic violence victims can be women, men or children and incidents of domestic violence are greatly under-reported. Research suggests that as little as 25% of all domestic violence cases reach the attention of the UK police.

Community Safety Partnerships need to ensure that there are a robust local services and a developing growth in reporting of the crimes. When developing projects and setting targets for domestic violence reduction local Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) should prepare for an increase in reported incidents of such crimes.

Violence Against Women & Girls Action Plan (VAWG)

In 2016 the UK government launched its "refreshed strategy" which sets out a " to tackle
violence against women and girls in all its forms over the next four years".

Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy 2016-20

The strategy aims to:
  • prevent violence from happening by challenging the attitudes and behaviours which foster it and intervening early where possible to prevent it.

  • provide adequate levels of support where violence does occur

  • work in partnership to obtain the best outcome for victims and their families

  • take action to reduce the risk to women and girls who are victims of these crimes and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice

The strategy focuses on awareness raising, early identification and early intervention and recognises that violence against women and girls occurs in all countries and it is an issue which crosses borders.

Further information on UK govt. national and international initiatives and British legislation can be found here.

Domestic Violence Links

National Domestic Violence Helpline

The Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge, is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.

NHS Domestic Violence Page

General NHS information on getting help for domestic violence.


SaferLives is a charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse.

NSPCC Domestic Abuse Hub

A page on the NSPCC site with links to information on a range of topics related to domestic abuse

Domestic Violence London

Resources for health professionals from the NHS.

Domestic Violence Intervention Project

London based project working to stop domestic violence and to reduce the harm it causes to women, children and families.

Updated August 2016