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Domestic Abuse statistics could increase after a 10-year decline

February 08 2018

The introduction of a new offence could cause Domestic Abuse to spike back to new heights after ten years of decline. Until 2015, the punishment for psychological abuse towards a person did not receive the same level of punishment as physical domestic violence, and therefore the figure for ‘Coercive and Controlling Behaviour’ did not reflect the actuality of the incidents.

According to the Office of National Statistics, the reported numbers of Domestic Violence cases were at their highest in 2005/06, with the total being 2.8m victims recorded; 1.8m women and 986,000 men. The latest results announce that the total as of 2017 was 1.9m, showing a decrease by approximately a third. 

However, as of April 2017, research into domestic abuse has been altered to reconsider and revaluate psychological harm under the bracket of abuse, therefore increasing the likelihood of a dark figure of unreported domestic abuse coming to light.

The power granted by potentially intrusive digital applications and social media platforms means that culprits can use the mediums to manipulate and deceive, which can cause tremendous psychological harm that could be just as costly if not more than physical harm.

On a local scale, Yorkshire has been hit the hardest by the government with cuts to the aid provided for domestic violence refuges and hostels. Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield councils were each forced to suffer over a 50% cut to their funding and support for domestic violence victims. Previously, councils in each of those cities had funnelled plenty of funding into domestic violence support, but now are being forced back by the government.

With the likelihood of a potential rise in reported domestic violence cases, and a large setback for the relief and support that can be given to survivors of such incidents, domestic violence refuges are likely to become more stretched from here onwards.

As a result, victims of domestic violence could face a bigger disadvantage settling back into society after their ordeals. Legal advice and representation could be an alternative support method of protecting victims of social and domestic abuse. At Grahame Stowe Bateson, those dissatisfied with a personal relationship on the grounds of abuse or other factors can benefit from legal representation and advice on how to best handle the situation.

We have offices in Leeds, Middleton, Bramley, and Harrogate. For more information on the support you can receive, visit our page detailing our Family Law services, or alternatively to speak to a member of our team, get in touch with us via our contact page.

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