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In Churches Too: 

We know that domestic abuse can happen anywhere, in any community. We wanted to have solid evidence to share with church leaders and congregations. In March 2018, we released the results of 'In Churches Too: Church Responses to Domestic Abuse' which revealed that 1 in 4 of the sample had experienced abuse in their current relationship. The full report can be found here

Here are some of the key findings: 


World Health Organisation 2013 (download report):
  • Violence by an intimate partner is the most common type of violence affecting 30% of women worldwide
  • 38% of all women who were murdered were murdered by their intimate partner
  • 42% of women who had experienced physical or sexual abuse by their partners had injuries as a result
  • 23.2% of women in high income countries experience intimate partner violence, in SE Asia it's 37.7%, Africa 36.6%, 29.8% in the Americas, 25.4% in Europe (low and middle income countries) & 24.6% in the Western Pacific

United Nations, 2006 (download report):

  • At least one out of every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime.
  • 2 million girls a year are genitally mutilated.
  • 700,000 - 4,000,000 women a year are forced or sold into prostitution.
  • Domestic violence is the largest form of abuse of women worldwide, irrespective of region, culture, ethnicity, education, class and religion
UN Women has recently recorded latest figures about violence against women. Below are some of these facts. You can read the full report here.
  • In 2012, 1 in 2 women killed worldwide were killed by their partners or family. Only 1 out of 20 of all men killed were killed in such circumstances.
  • Only 52 countries have explicitly criminalised rape within marriage.
  • 2.6 billion women and girls live in countries where marital rape is not explicitly criminalised.
  • In some countries, up to one-third of adolescent girls report their first sexual experience as being forced.

Women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria, according to World Bank data.

Subsequently the UN created this database on the extent, nature and consequences of violence against women, and on the impact and effectiveness of policies and programmes for, including best practices in, combating such violence.

In the EU:


European Agency on Fundamental Human Rights, 2014 (download report):

Abuse is extensive but systematically unreported to the authorities. For example:

  • 1 in 10 women has experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 15, and 1 in 20 has been raped.
  • Just over 1 in 5 women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence from either a current or previous partner.
  • Just over 1 in 10 women indicates that they have experienced some form of sexual violence by an adult before they were 15 years old.
  • Yet only 13-14 % of women reported their most serious incident of violence to the police.

The survey asked women about their experiences of physical, sexual and psychological violence, including domestic violence, stalking, sexual harassment, and the role played by new technologies in women’s experiences of abuse.

    In the UK:

  • In 2013-14, 8.5% of women (1.4 million) reported having experienced domestic abuse, up 17% vs 2011-12 (ONS 2015).
  • 31% of women (vs 18% of men) had experienced domestic abuse since the age of 16. (Home Office 2013)
  • Approximately 85,000 women are raped on average in England and Wales every year (Ministry of Justice report 2013)
  • Over 400,000 women are sexually assaulted each year (1096 per day) (Ministry of Justice report 2013)
  • On average, over 100 calls an hour are being made to the police for assistance with domestic abuse (HMIC report)
  • Domestic abuse related crime was 10 percent of total recorded crime in 2013-2014. This is comparable to other volume crimes such as vehicle crime (10 percent) and burglary in a dwelling (6 percent). (HMIC report)

  • The Women's Aid Annual Survey 2015 was sent out to all domestic abuse service users in the UK in September 2015. The survey results are based on the responses to 162 service providers. 

    • On just one day, 92 women and 75 children were turned away from refuge. For nearly half of the women (45.65%), it was because there was not enough space for them.
    • On just one day, there were 1835 children and young people living in a domestic abuse refuge; a further 1984 children received direct support from community-based domestic abuse services in just one week. The same services provided indirect support for a further 7762 children or young people.
    • Domestic abuse services say that the biggest challenge they faced over the past year was related to lack of, or uncertainty of, funding. Almost half (44%) of the domestic abuse services were running part of their service without dedicated funding.