New figures from Citizens Advice show an 11% increase in the number of clients telling bureau advisers they are suffering domestic violence, a year after the Government announced moves to criminalise stalking and help victims of domestic violence.
As the UK sees economic recovery stagnate and people feel the pressures of a double-dip recession alongside welfare and public sector reform, advisers are seeing a sharp rise in the number of domestic violence cases, which includes physical violence, emotional and sexual abuse.
The figures for the last year show:
- In 13,500 reported domestic violence cases, more than eight out of ten clients were women;
- In the last quarter of 2012 there were 3,300 reported domestic violence cases, an 11% increase compared with the same period the previous year; and
- 16% of people seeking advice about domestic abuse cases sought advice about domestic violence involving children.