From Office for National Statistical:
The Office for National Statistics has been working to bring together data sources to provide the best understanding of the scale of domestic abuse, sexual offences and violence against women and girls. However, the impact of the pandemic on survey collection has meant a data gap in understanding the sheer prevalence of these crimes. The ONS has now published its first estimates of domestic abuse and sexual assault in two years. Meghan Elkin explains why a note of caution should be taken in interpreting these statistics.
Our figures show that 5.7% of adults aged 16 to 59 years experienced domestic abuse in the year ending March 2022, no significant change compared with the year ending March 2020 (6.1%). In fact, there has been little change in the prevalence of domestic abuse in recent years, where it has remained around 6%. These numbers are noteworthy because they are the first we’ve been able to produce which give an insight into the scale of the crime during the pandemic.