In total, domestic violence and abuse are estimated to cost Hackney and the City of London at least £98.2m per year. 7  These figures are likely to be under-estimates as they do not include costs related to all forms of gender based violence, nor do they include all long-term effect costs (such as the impact on children). Neither do these cost estimates factor in the relatively high levels of local deprivation, mental ill health and substance misuse, all of which increase the risk (and therefore the local costs) of domestic violence (see Section Domestic violence and abuse).

Hackney has a high prevalence of domestic violence, however estimates suggest that only a very small proportion of domestic abuse incidents are reported to the police (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Estimated vs. recorded domestic violence and abuse in Hackney and the City of London

Figure 2: Estimated vs. recorded domestic violence and abuse in Hackney and the City of London

Source: Crime Survey for England and Wales 2014/15 (Appendix tables – focus on violent crime and sexual offences); Public Health Outcome Framework; Metropolitan Police (June 2014-15). Analysis by City and Hackney Public Health Intelligence Team.

Note: Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 100

Hackney Council’s VAWG Strategy reports similar levels of recorded domestic crime – 2,606 such offences in 2015/16 in Hackney. 8  More recent data show a slight increase to 2,701 (based on data covering November 2015 to October 2016).

Hackney Council’s Domestic Violence and Abuse Team received 822 referrals in 2015/16 and 506 cases were referred to the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC), i.e. were considered to be at high risk (of murder or serious harm) – this is 25% higher than the expected level of referrals.B 9 10 11  In 2015/16, the City of London reviewed 15 MARAC cases, which was slightly less than the 22 cases in 2014/15.

In 2015/16, Hackney Council’s Children and Young People’s Service recorded 1,253 referrals that were related to domestic violence – approximately 11% of all referrals.  In this same year, the service carried out 1,046 assessments where domestic violence was found to be a factor, representing 29% of all assessments completed. 12

Notes

  1. Domestic abuse charity SafeLives estimate that more than 100,000 people in the UK are at high and imminent risk of being murdered or seriously injured as a result of domestic abuse. The estimate for Hackney is 400, based on the expected level of 40 cases per 10,000 of the adult female population. [3]
  2. Domestic abuse charity SafeLives estimate that more than 100,000 people in the UK are at high and imminent risk of being murdered or seriously injured as a result of domestic abuse. The estimate for Hackney is 400, based on the expected level of 40 cases per 10,000 of the adult female population. [3]

References

  1.  S. Walby, “The Cost of Domestic Violence: up-date 2009,” Lancaster University, 2009.
  2. Hackney Council, “London Borough of Hackney violence against women and girls strategy 2016-2019,” 2016
  3. SaveLives, “Getting it right first time: policy report,” SaveLives, Bristol, 2015.
  4. Hackney Council, “London Borough of Hackney violence against women and girls strategy 2016-2019,” 2016
  5. SafeLives, “Reviewing you MARAC data,” [Online]. Available: http://www.safelives.org.uk/node/521. [Accessed December 2016]
  6. Hackney Council, “London Borough of Hackney violence against women and girls strategy 2016-2019,” 2016
  7.  S. Walby, “The Cost of Domestic Violence: up-date 2009,” Lancaster University, 2009.
  8. Hackney Council, “London Borough of Hackney violence against women and girls strategy 2016-2019,” 2016
  9. SaveLives, “Getting it right first time: policy report,” SaveLives, Bristol, 2015.
  10. Hackney Council, “London Borough of Hackney violence against women and girls strategy 2016-2019,” 2016
  11. SafeLives, “Reviewing you MARAC data,” [Online]. Available: http://www.safelives.org.uk/node/521. [Accessed December 2016]
  12. Hackney Council, “London Borough of Hackney violence against women and girls strategy 2016-2019,” 2016