Domestic abuse is a serious crime affecting the lives of many people living within County Durham; the impact of which cuts across all ages, and all social, geographical and cultural groups. HM Government define domestic abuse as:

‘any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to: psychological; physical; sexual; financial; and emotional’ (Home Office, Guidance: Domestic violence and abuse. 2016, Home Office: London).

Although the above definition relates only to those aged 16 and over, it is recognised that domestic abuse has a significant impact on children and young people. Living with domestic abuse can seriously affect children’s healthy development, relationships, behaviour and emotional well-being.

Factsheet: Domestic Abuse JSNA factsheet 2018

Key messages

Based on a new module of questions relating to abuse experienced as a child the 2015/16 Crime Survey for England and Wales reported that:

  • 19% of adults aged 16 to 59 had experienced psychological abuse as a child,
  • 8% had witnessed domestic violence or abuse in the home as a child,
  • 7% had experienced physical abuse as a child,
  • 7% had experienced sexual assault as a child,
  • With the exception of physical abuse, women were significantly more likely to report that they had suffered any form of abuse during childhood than men.

 Links to data

Public Health Profiles – Wider Determinants of Health (Full Site):

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