The Never Changing Face


A BBC news article calls for special training to recognise the signs of domestic violence following the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) publishing new guidance to raise awareness.

It’s both fascinating and depressing to see how little has changed in the last decade in attitudes, prevalence and awareness of one of the most insidious and horrible acts that blights families and relationships every day.

10 years ago the statistics were:

  • 2-3 women killed every week from domestic violence
  • up to 50% of adult women in heterosexual relationships experience domestic violence in their lives
  • 25% of all assaults in the UK were due to domestic abuse
  • up to 60% of separated or divorced women were likely to have experienced abuse
  • those who were victims of this had been assaulted at least 35 times before making a complaint
  • most cases of domestic abuse began when couples moved in together, got married, were pregnant or had very small children.

All of the above was as a result of Hester, Pearson and Harwin ‘Making an Impact’.


Today, even though so much more research has been done looking at the economic costs over and above the personal were something like £15.5billion a year – made up of health care, criminal justice, working days lost, social services and refuge costs.

Today the NICE report says that each year 1.2 million women, and 784,000 men in England and Wales experience domestic violence. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men.

When we look at other terrible reoccurring events that threaten our national life such as global warming, flooding, deaths and injuries through car accidents and war the daemons inside our society such as the casualties of domestic violence sadly hold their own.

Why do we have to keep coming back to this again and again? Why does it never seem to be reduced? What is it within the human condition that forces us to take our frustrations out of family and those close to us?

This is a crime and the people who do this are criminals. Hundreds of thousands of children witness this or get caught in the crossfire. The prime minister recently pronounced that money was no object to tackle flood defences, wouldn’t it be civilised, mature and timely to say that money was no object to tackle domestic violence.

An excellent book for helping children who have witnessed domestic abuse has been published by Jane Evans see more here

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