This issue of Spotlight on focuses on Domestic Violence
Domestic abuse is an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour including sexual violence. In most cases, the perpetrator can be a partner, ex-partner, family member or a carer. It is more common than you may realise, as both men and women can be effected, however more women come forward to report these cases than men.
An estimated 1.9 million adults aged 16 to 59 years experienced domestic abuse in the last year, according to the year ending March 2017 Crime Survey for England and Wales (1.2 million women, 713,000 men).
The gap between male and female victims was also the smallest in recent years, at 522,000. Numbers peaked in 2005-2006, when 2.8m victims were recorded, including 1.8m women and 986,000 men.