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Evidence of local need
In Powys 2014 – 2015 a total of 829 incidents of domestic abuse were reported to the police, of this total 415, which is half of all reported incidents, were from the Montgomeryshire area. In the past 2 years over 90% of women accessing refuge accommodation with MFCC were from North Powys, a much needed local service for local families in crisis.
Montgomeryshire covers 839 square miles of mainly rural North Powys. The population of Powys is approximately 133,000 with almost half, 63,689 residing in Montgomeryshire (2011 census).
The Powys Domestic Abuse Forum reports that in Powys domestic violence constantly accounts for between 16% – 25% of all recorded violent crime but we must always take into account that only an estimated 40% of all domestic violence incidents are actually reported to the police.
MFCC achievements in 2015-16
- One in four women and one in six men suffer from domestic abuse in their lifetime. (1)
- 2 women are killed every week in England and Wales by a current or former partner – 1 woman killed every 3 days (2)
- Male victims are over twice as likely as women to not tell anyone about the partner abuse they are suffering from. (3)
- For every three victims of domestic abuse, two will be female, one will be male. These figures are the equivalent of 2.2 million male victims and 4.5 million female victims. (3)
- 23.7% of women (3.9 million) and 10.3% of men (1.7 million) have experienced partner abuse since the age of 16. (3)
- 30% of domestic violence either starts or will intensify during pregnancy (7)
- 1 in 5 teenagers have been physically abused by their boyfriends or girlfriends (4)
- Around 1 in 5 children have been exposed to domestic abuse (5)
- In over 90% of domestic abuse incidents, a child is present or in an adjacent room, even if they don’t ‘see’ they still ‘hear’. (6)
Domestic abuse costs Wales £303.5million annually, its human and emotional costs totals an additional £522.9million.
The impact of domestic abuse on the victim and on children, even if they achieved safety, is severe and long-lasting. At the point when a victim gets help, the abuse is likely to be escalating in either frequency, severity or both. Cutting the time it takes to find and help victims and their families is critical to stop murder or serious injury and enduring harm.
In line with Welsh Government, MFCC is committed to implementing the integrated Strategy to tackle violence against women ‘the Right to be Safe’.
13% of 16-24 year olds think it is acceptable at least some of the time to abuse their partners.
Domestic Abuse is never acceptable
Help is out there, please call today, you will be listened to and guided to the right support for you and your family.
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Violence is a crime
(1) Crime Survey of England and Wales, 2013/2014
(2) Office of National Statistics, 2015
(3) ONS BCS Focus on Violent Crime and Sexual Offences 2014/15
(4) Barter et al (2009) Partner exploitation and violence in teenage intimate relationships. NSPCC and Bristol University.
(5) L. et al (2011) Child abuse and neglect in the UK today.
(6) Hughes 1992
(7) Department of Health report, October 2004