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Disabled women more than twice as likely to experience domestic abuse

Date:3 MAR 2021
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The latest data from the Office of National Statistics shows that, in the year ending March 2020, around 1 in 7 (14.3%) disabled people aged 16 to 59 years experienced any form of domestic abuse in the last year in England and Wales, significantly higher when compared with 1 in 20 (5.1%) for non-disabled people of the same age. Similar proportions for both groups were observed in the year ending March 2019.
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Disabled women (17.5 per cent) were more than twice as likely to experience domestic abuse than non-disabled women (6.7 per cent), a significant difference. While disabled men (9.2 per cent) were significantly less likely to experience domestic abuse than disabled women, they were more than twice as likely to have experienced domestic abuse than non-disabled men (3.6 per cent), a significant difference.

The experience of domestic abuse also varied with impairment type, though the variability of the estimates indicates comparisons between impairment types should be made with caution. In the year ending March 2020, disabled people aged 16 to 59 years who reported a mental health (20.5%), a social or behavioural (20.0%) or a learning impairment (19.1%) tended to have experienced the highest levels of domestic abuse in the last year.

You can read the full ONS report here.

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