Everyday Victim Blaming

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Domestic abuse could not be further from gender neutral. Wake up Britain

This article was written by Polly Neate, CEO of Women's Aid, and published on 11.5.15.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has just been told, in no uncertain terms, that the way it measures domestic abuse is fundamentally flawed.

It's a searing accusation. And it's the work of one seriously impressive woman.

After a painstaking review of the data, Professor Sylvia Walby, professor of sociology and Unesco chair of gender research at Lancaster University, found that the incidence of violent crime against women, and domestic violence in particular, is grossly underestimated in official statistics.

At a meeting of the UK Statistics Agency (UKSA) this week, she explained that the Crime Survey of England and Wales (CSEW) doesn't account for a significant proportion of attacks on women (and that nearly half of all violent crime is committed against women).

This is due to a 'cap' on the number of crimes recorded, which stops counting after five repeat incidents against one victim. When this cap is removed, she said, violence against women by intimate partners rises by 70 per cent and violence against women by acquaintances by 100 per cent. It particularly affects those women who know, or even live with, the perpetrator. ...

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