There is NEVER an excuse for domestic abuse
On average, a woman is assaulted 35 times before her first call to the police (Jaffe, 1982)
In 90% of domestic violence incidents in family households, children were in the same or the next room (Hughes, 1992)
In 2015-16 there were 58,104 incidents of domestic abuse recorded by the police in Scotland - a decrease of 3.0% from 2014-15 where there were 59,882 incidents recorded. The figures from 2014-2015 are an increase of 2.5% from 2013-14 (Scottish government statistics).
Children exposed to domestic abuse are more likely to have behaviour and emotional problems (C. Humphries, 2006)
Domestic abuse is rarely a one off incident. It normally follows a pattern of abusive behaviour, then the victim is shown with love, then the abuse starts all over again.
Domestic abuse can have a long lasting psychological effect on the victim and also children who have witnessed it.
30% of domestic violence starts, or intensifies, during pregnancy (Department of health, October 2004)
Domestic abuse has more repeat victims than any other crime. (British crime survey reports)
Domestic abuse is the single most quoted reason for being homeless (Shelter 2002)
At least 750,00 children witness domestic violence every year in the UK (Department of health 2002)