Domestic Violence

Home Department written question – answered on 29th November 2005.

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Photo of David Davies David Davies Conservative, Monmouth

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many victims of domestic abuse were of (a) British, (b) Indian, (c) Pakistani, (d) Bangladeshi, (e) North American, (f) South American, (g) Chinese and (h) African origin in each of the past 10 years for which figures are available; and how many were (i) married, (ii) co-habiting and (iii) single in each case.

Photo of Fiona Mactaggart Fiona Mactaggart Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

The British Crime Survey (BCS) routinely provides information on the number of incidents of domestic violence but not on the actual number of victims. The number of incidents is not broken down by nationality or marital status.

The 2004–05 BCS assessed the prevalence risk of domestic violence by marital status. The risk of victimisation (i.e. the percentage of people who had been victims of domestic violence once or more) was 0.2 per cent. among married people, 0.6 per cent. among cohabiting people and 0.8 per cent. among single people.

BCS incidents of domestic violence, 1995 to 2004–05,England and Wales
Number (thousand)
1995 989
1997 814
1999 775
2001–02 ints 626
2002–03 ints 506
2003–04 ints 447
2004–05 ints 401

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Posted on 2 Dec 2005 11:25 am (Report this annotation)

I do not understand why as much information as possible is not gathered with regards to domestic violence...This is such an important issue that all the evidence possible needs to be collected to totally understand the impact on those suffering