Policy briefing

Signs of domestic abuse

The RCN has published a pocket guide on domestic abuse covering all four areas in the UK.

Essential facts

The government’s definition of domestic violence and abuse, published in 2016 by the Home Office, is: ‘any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those 16 years or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.’

Statistics from the charity Living Without Abuse (LWA) suggest that domestic abuse leads to two women being killed each week and 30 men each year. Although it accounts for 16% of violent crime, domestic abuse is still the least likely violent crime to be reported to the police.

What’s new

In May, the RCN published a pocket guide on domestic abuse. Developed in response to the


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