Facts & Figures about DV

  • Two women are killed every week due to domestic violence in the UK
  • It is estimated that one in four women will experience domestic violence at some time in her life
  • One incident is reported to the police every minute (Stanko, 2000)
  • Domestic violence and other abuse is the most common cause of depression and other mental
    health difficulties in women
  • 50-60% of patients using mental health services are affected by DV and over 20% will be currently abused
  • 18% of women affected are suicidal
  • 64% have post traumatic stress disorder (range of symptoms numbing of emotions, flashbacks, anger avoidance, hyperarousal, depression, substance misuse)
  • 19% of women experiencing domestic violence misuse or depend on alcohol (compared to 5-8% of women in general)
  • Women being abused are more likely to use drugs other than alcohol
  • Other psychological impacts of domestic violence include anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm, sleep disturbances, somatic symptoms, social phobia, panic attacks, damage to confidence and self-esteem


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