The number of incidents of domestic abuse being recorded has remained fairly constant in the last few years, following several years of increases (see graph below). The majority of the increase has been in standard (lower) risk incidents. The rising trend, in part, is due to national policies to ensure domestic abuse is being recorded properly, but a lot of local work has also been undertaken to encourage victims to come forward and report the incidents and crimes that have occurred against them. National evidence suggests only 21% of incidents are reported to the police by victims.
Source: Wakefield district Community Safety Partnership
In 2020, 75% of all incidents involved a female victim, and 25% involved a male victim. In nearly half of all incidents, the victim had suffered domestic abuse on one or more other occasions in the preceding 12 month period.
- The Wakefield Council web site contains details of the different types of support and information available for people who have been affected by domestic abuse.
- Office for National Statistics Statistical Bulletin: Domestic abuse in England and Wales: year ending March 2018