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29 March 2016, 14:44
Here are the figures that illustrate the reality of domestic abuse on Merseyside.
Between April 2014 and March 2015, Merseyside Police received 31,522 calls about domestic abuse – the equivalent to 86 per day or a call every 17 minutes.
Stats show 1 in 4 young girls will have been hit by their partner. 1 in 9 will have been hit in an extreme way.
On average, two women are murdered every week in England and Wales as a result of domestic violence.
Approximately 5,000 children are caught up in domestic abuse on Merseyside every year.
Nationally, the number of reported cases of domestic abuse has risen by 43% over the last eight years – in 2014/15 that figure stood at 943,628.
In 2014/15, there were 122,898 cases reported to the Crown Prosecution Service – 92,779 resulted in prosecutions.
What constitutes ‘Domestic Abuse’?
The definition of domestic violence and abuse is:
Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:
Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.
Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.