Nationally, one quarter of women experience domestic violence in their lifetime and over half of all violent crime experienced by women is domestic violence. Approximately 250,000 children in Britain witness domestic violence every year, and in over half of cases children are also directly abused. 6 One quarter of children who witness domestic violence will go on to develop serious social and behavioural problems. 7

It is estimated that there are approximately 57,000 incidents of domestic violence each year in Hackney and approximately 1,600 in the City. 8 (For more data and estimates, see ‘Community safety’ in the ‘Society and environment’ chapter of JSNA.) In approximately 70% of domestic violence incidents in Hackney, children are present in the same or next room. 9

In 2015/16 there were 506 Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) meetings in Hackney, which identified 464 children.B The Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP), which works to reduce the number of repeat incidents when domestic violence has been identified, received 61 referrals relating to adult perpetrators in 2014/15.

In the City of London, 145 domestic violence incidents were reported to the Domestic Abuse Forum in 2013/14 (including both crime and non-crime incidents), with over three quarters of these being female victims. Between April 2015 and March 2016, 12 children were referred to the City of London MARAC. Most child protection investigations in the City of London between January and October 2014 included domestic abuse as a risk factor. 10

For more detail on domestic violence in Hackney and the City, see ‘Society and environment’ JSNA chapter.

Notes

  1. MARACs are where information regarding high-risk cases can be shared between agencies to meet the wide-ranging needs of victims of domestic abuse.
  2. MARACs are where information regarding high-risk cases can be shared between agencies to meet the wide-ranging needs of victims of domestic abuse.

References

  1. “nia project,” [Online]. Available: http://www.niaendingviolence.org.uk/
  2. G. Allen, “Early Intervention: The Next Steps – An Independent Report to Her Majesty’s Government,” Cabinet Office, 2011
  3. Office for National Statistics, “Crime Survey for England and Wales,” 2014/15
  4. “Hackney Domestic and Gender Violence Strategy 2011-2013,” Hackney Council, 2011
  5. “Strategic review of domestic abuse,” City of London Corporation, 2015
  6. “nia project,” [Online]. Available: http://www.niaendingviolence.org.uk/
  7. G. Allen, “Early Intervention: The Next Steps – An Independent Report to Her Majesty’s Government,” Cabinet Office, 2011
  8. Office for National Statistics, “Crime Survey for England and Wales,” 2014/15
  9. “Hackney Domestic and Gender Violence Strategy 2011-2013,” Hackney Council, 2011
  10. “Strategic review of domestic abuse,” City of London Corporation, 2015