Domestic abuse and sexual violence

Violence against women and girls Evidence shows that in England and Wales, White women are observed to be at particular risk of domestic violence, with 7.4% reporting being victims of domestic abuse. This compares with figures of 4.4% among ethnic minority women. In the Crime Survey for England and Wales in 2012/13, a lower percentage of ethnic minority respondents in England (1.4%) reported experiencing domestic violence compared with White respondents (3.1%). Between 2008/09 and 2012/13, the proportion of ethnic monitories reporting having experienced domestic violence decreased (from 2.8% to 3.2%), widening the gap between ethnic minority and White respondents. Data disaggregated by ethnicity is not available for Scotland.

Women’s Aid highlight the different forms of abuse that ethnic minority women suffer and report these victims are likely to face additional barriers to receiving the specialist help that they need. This is because of the varying nature of abuse in different communities, such as domestic abuse perpetrated by extended family members, forced marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM) and ‘honour based’ violence (Women’s Aid, no date).

© 2016 Equality and Human Rights Commission Published August 2016

Phoenix Support offers a trained Independent Domestic violence Advocate for telephone Risk Assessments, advice, safety planning and referrals. Information and advice regarding sexual abuse can also be given