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The Crime Survey for England and Wales 2013/14 revealed that approximately 28.3 percent of women and 14.7 percent of men in England and Wales have experienced some form of domestic abuse since the age of 16, which is the equivalent of an estimated 4.9 million female and 2.7 million male victims. Further, a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has revealed that since 2013, the number of recorded cases of domestic violence and abuse in England and Wales has increased by 31 percent (from 269,700 to 353,100). This In Focus note provides further statistical breakdowns of domestic violence and abuse in the United Kingdom, and highlights some of the recent policies and legislation aimed at addressing the issue.


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