Domestic violence against women in London doubles in past 15 years

DOMESTIC violence against women in London has nearly doubled in the past 15 years — despite national figures generally falling.

Met Police data shows there were 34,660 female victims of domestic abuse last year — up from 19,156 in 2005.

Lisa King OBE, of the charity Refuge, said: “One in four women will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime — and that figure is really just the tip of the iceberg.

“Domestic abuse is the biggest issue facing women and children across the country.”

National figures show a gradual fall from 431,000 in 2005 down to 200,000 last year.

But the past 12 months have seen an increase again due to lockdown, with 369,000 cases reported since the pandemic.

The Sun’s Give Me Shelter campaign, alongside Women’s Aid, convinced the Government to finally boost refuge funding.

Next week councils will receive £125million to help cover new duties under the landmark Domestic Violence Bill.


You don't have to suffer in silence.

If you are experiencing domestic violence or someone you know is there are groups that can help.

Refuge runs a free, 24-hour helpline on 0808 2000 247.

You can also visit the website or contact Women’s Aid.

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