Proportion of women and girls aged 16 to 74 who experienced physical or sexual abuse by a partner in the last 12 months

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Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Geographical Area: England and Wales

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

Footnote: 1. Not all data categories are available for the year 2007 to 2008 because comparable questions on any domestic abuse, any partner abuse and any family abuse were not included in that year. 2. New questions were introduced into the survey from the year ending March 2013, and estimates from this year onwards are calculated using these new questions. Estimates for earlier years are calculated from the original questions with an adjustment applied to make them comparable to the new questions. 3. The sum of the overarching domestic abuse categories are not the sum of the sub-categories, as some victims may be included in multiple categories as they can experience more than one type of abuse. 4. Data for some ethnic groups are unavailable due to small sample sizes.

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Indicator available

Proportion of women and girls aged 16 to 74 who experienced physical or sexual abuse by a partner in the last 12 months

Indicator description

Percentage of partner abuse (non-physical abuse, threats, force, sexual assault or stalking) in the last 12 months among women aged 16 to 74.

Geographical coverage

England and Wales

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)

Definitions

Intimate partner violence includes any abuse perpetrated by a current or former partner. Any partner abuse includes non-physical abuse, threats, force, sexual assault or stalking. The Crime Survey for England and Wales User guide provides definitions of various types of domestic abuse.

Disability Status - The (GSS) harmonised "core" definition identifies a person as disabled if they have a physical or mental health condition or illness that has lasted or is expected to last 12 months or more. It must reduce their ability to carry-out day-to-day activities. It is important to note that a person who has a long-term illness that does not reduce their ability to carry-out day-to-day activities is not disabled under the definition. The GSS harmonised questions are asked of the respondent in the survey, meaning that disability status is self-reported. The GSS definition is designed to reflect the definitions that appear in legal terms in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) for Northern Ireland and the 2010 Equality Act for Great Britain.

Prior to April 2017, data are only presented for people aged between 16 and 59. From April 2017, the upper age limit for the self-completion module was increased to ask all respondents aged 16 to 74. Both series are included here to allow for comparisons to be made over a longer time period and can be viewed by changing the Series button.

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Calculations

No calculations were performed in the data acquisition of this indicator as appropriate data was readily available in the final format specified by this indicator.

Other information

For details of the Crime Survey for England and Wales, see the user guide to crime statistics for England and Wales.

The year format refers to the two years covered by the data, from April of the first year to March of the following year. For example, 2018 to 2019 covers the period of April 2018 to March 2019.

For further information on the quality of the estimates please refer to the source data which provides the unweighted base sizes of the samples.

The sample size is lower between 2010 to 2011 and 2012 to 2013, and between 2017 to 2018 and 2018 to 2019 due to use of a split-sample experiment in these years. The methodological note titled Split sample for intimate personal violence 2013-14 provides further information.

New questions were introduced into the survey in 2010 to 2011 and were further revised for the survey year 2012 to 2013. Estimates from 2012 to 2013 onwards are calculated using these new questions. Estimates for earlier years are calculated from the original questions with an adjustment applied to make them comparable to the new questions.

The Washington Group on Disability Statistics are often used to provide a cross-nationally comparable population-based measures of disability. Please see the article Measuring disability - comparing approaches for a comparison between the GSS Harmonised measure (used here) and the Washington Group measure.

This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 08 October 2021
Metadata last updated 08 October 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Proportion of ever-partnered women and girls aged 15 years and older subjected to physical, sexual or psychological violence by a current or former intimate partner in the previous 12 months, by form of violence and by age

Target name

Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier II

UN custodian agency

United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF), The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

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Organisation

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

2004 to 2005

Geographical coverage

England and Wales

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Release date 25 November 2020
Next release

TBA

Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

crimestatistics@ons.gov.uk

Other information

Data acquired from the Crime Survey for England and Wales. Partner abuse data for 2019 to 2020 is taken from tables 3a, 3b, 6 and 7 in source for year ending March 2020. Parter abuse data for 2018 to 2019 is taken from tables 3a, 3b, 6a, 6b, 7a and 7b in previous publication of source for year ending March 2019.