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The Issues

What are The Issues?

What is Domestic Violence?

Anyone can experience domestic abuse regardless of gender, race, ethnic or religious group, sexuality, class, disability or lifestyle. Domestic abuse is most commonly experienced by women and perpetrated by men, although men can also become victims.

Domestic Abuse is physical, sexual, psychological, financial or emotional abuse that takes place within an intimate or family-type relationship and that forms a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour. This can include forced marriage and so-called honour crimes.

It is estimated that:

1 in every 4 women
1 in every 10 men
. . have been a victim of abuse at some point in their life.

It is known that:

2 women a week are killed by their ex/partner in the UK
90% of children witness domestic abuse in their home

(Women’s Aid 2011..)

What is Sexual Violence?

Sexual violence includes a range of different behaviours, many of which - such as sexual assault or rape - are crimes. Sexual abuse is often a component of domestic violence - for example, partners and former partners may use force, threats or intimidation to engage in sexual activity; they may taunt or use degrading treatment related to sexuality, force the use of pornography, or force their partners to have sex with other people.

Serious sexual assault is most likely to be committed by someone known to the victim (89 per cent of female and 83 per cent of male victims). Just over half (54%) of female victims reported that a partner or ex-partner had been the offender (BCS 2005/06). However, a proportion of people are raped and sexually assaulted by people they had no relationship with – this is known as or stranger rape.

(Women’s Aid 2011)

It is known that:

1 in 5 women have been sexually assaulted in their lifetime. (AVA)
3 in 20 men are affected by sexual violence (Mankind UK)
Only one in seven rapes is reported to the police; of these, less than 6% result in a conviction (for rape).

The Current Landscape

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The Future

West Sussex has a strong multi-agency response to high risk cases of domestic and sexual violence. However, it is recognised that with a cross-agency shared vision and strategy more emphasis could be placed on early intervention, prevention and recovery for the whole family.

2020 Vision Think Tank has been created to inspire blue sky thinking, open up dialogue and build consensus for the way forward for domestic and sexual violence services in West Sussex. Be a part of this process – join the Think Tank Forum today.

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