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This note presents some of the available statistics on the extent and nature of domestic violence. Measuring the extent of domestic violence is hampered by the absence of a statutory definition of the problem, the reluctance of victims to report their experiences, and the framing of a single meaningful statistic on the ‘level’ of domestic abuse.

Estimates from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) indicate that 2.0m adults experienced domestic abuse in the year 2011/12.

Details of legislation and government policy on domestic violence, and contact information for organisations supporting those affected by this issue, can be found in the Library Standard Note SN/HA/3989 Domestic Violence.

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