Safeguarding of Adult and Child Level 2 Combined

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Understanding Domestic Violence Abuse in England and Wales

Domestic Abuse Statistics: A Stark Reality

According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, an alarming 2.4 million adults aged 16 and over faced domestic violence abuse in the year concluding in March 2022. This signifies that roughly 5 in every 100 adults are victims of such abuse.

Legal Definition of Domestic Violence Abuse

Domestic violence abuse, as legally defined, encompasses certain criminal deeds perpetrated between individuals of either the same or opposite sex. This includes those who:

  • Co-reside in the same household or have shared a household in the past.
  • Have a mutual child or are expecting one, irrespective of their cohabitation status.
  • Are related through various means: be it spouse, ex-spouse, child, grandchild, grandparent, parent, brother, or sister.

The Multifaceted Nature of Domestic Abuse

Domestic violence is not limited to just physical harm; it extends to financial, emotional, psychological, sexual abuse, and even neglect.

Recognising the Indicators of Abuse

Domestic violence predominantly transpires in private, away from prying eyes. Nonetheless, it's imperative to discern signs that suggest abuse might be underway. Indicators can include:

  • Unexplained absence from medical appointments.
  • Altered behaviour when in groups compared to solitude.
  • Manifestations of eating disorders.
  • Signs of obsessive behaviours.

Impact on Witnesses

It's equally vital to consider those who might inadvertently witness such abuses, particularly children and young individuals, as they too can be deeply affected by the trauma.