Our Research Into Domestic Abuse And Violence In The UK

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has recently announced an investment of £12 million into the Capital’s Domestic Abuse Services.

It got us thinking about the rest of the UK where Domestic Abuse may be just as rife so we set out to investigate DA crimes nationwide.

Personal Injury Claims UK submitted Freedom of Information Requests to every UK police force to find out how many domestic abuse crimes had been reported in the past year.

We asked for the number of domestic abuse crimes per month between November 2022 and October 2023.

The majority of victims were female but male figures looked higher than in previous years.

In England and Wales, The Crime Survey estimated that 2.1 million people aged 16 years and over experience domestic abuse in year ending March 2023.

Personal injury Claims UK investigated figures for each policing district in the UK.

Find examples of some of our findings below. Is your local police force not listed? Do check back on this page as we update new figures regularly.

West Midlands

West Midland's Domestic Abuse figures

West Midland’s Domestic Abuse Statistics

New figures reveal around 187 domestic abuse crimes happen on average every day across the West Midlands as a UK charity warns of ‘love bombing’ this Valentine’s Day. 

Our investigation shows that a total of 63,842 Domestic Abuse crimes were recorded by West Midlands Police in the last year alone. 

73% of victims were female, 25% were male while 2% of victims had other gender definitions or the gender was unknown.

The highest number of domestic abuse crimes was recorded in January 2023, with 5,565 cases. The lowest figures were logged in October 2023, with 4,494 domestic abuse crimes in the West Midlands.

Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire Domestic Abuse Statistics

Cambridgeshire Domestic Abuse Statistics

Around 28 domestic abuse crimes happen on average every day across Cambridgeshire.

A total of 10,309 Domestic Abuse crimes were recorded by Cambridgeshire Police in the last year alone – this accounts for 16% of all crimes reported last year in the district.

68% of victims were female, 25% were male, while 7% of victims had a different gender definition or the gender was unknown.

The highest number of domestic abuse crimes was recorded in December 2022, with 970 cases. The lowest figures were logged in September 2023, with 773 domestic abuse crimes across Cambridgeshire.

Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Statistics

Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Statistics

Around 30 domestic abuse crimes happen on average every day across Gloucestershire.

A total of 10,773 Domestic Abuse crimes were recorded by Gloucestershire Police in the last year alone – this accounts for 20% of all crimes reported last year in the county.

69% of victims were female, 26% were male, while 5% of victims had a different gender definition or the gender was unknown.

The highest number of domestic abuse crimes was recorded in April 2023, with 991 cases. The lowest figures were logged in August 2023, with 824 domestic abuse crimes across Gloucestershire

North Wales

North Wales Domestic Abuse Statistics

North Wales Domestic Abuse Statistics

A 33 domestic abuse crimes happen on average every day across North Wale.

A total of 12,130 Domestic Abuse crimes were recorded by North Wales Police in the last year alone – this accounts for 21% of all crimes reported last year in the district.

71% of victims were female, 25% were male, while 4% of victims had a different gender definition or the gender was unknown.

The highest number of domestic abuse crimes was recorded in December 2022, with 1,067 cases. The lowest figures were logged in October 2023, with just 911 domestic abuse crimes across North Wales.

Cheshire

Cheshire Domestic Abuse Statistics

Cheshire Domestic Abuse Statistics

Around 43 domestic abuse crimes happen on average every day across Cheshire.

A total of 15,826 Domestic Abuse crimes were recorded by Cheshire Police in the last year alone – this accounts for 19% of all crimes reported last year in the county.

69% of victims were female, 25% were male, while 6% of victims had a different gender definition or the gender was unknown.

The highest number of domestic abuse crimes was recorded in both January and April 2023, with 1,411 cases. The lowest figures were logged in July 2023, with just 1,211 domestic abuse crimes across Cheshire.

South Wales

South Wales Domestic Abuse Statistics

South Wales Domestic Abuse Statistics

Around 46 domestic abuse crimes happen on average every day across South Wales.

A total of 16,873 Domestic Abuse crimes were recorded by South Wales Police in the last year alone – this accounts for 15% of all crimes reported last year in the district.

72% of victims were female, 24% were male, while 4% of victims had a different gender definition or the gender was unknown.

The highest number of domestic abuse crimes was recorded in September 2023, with 1,559 cases. The lowest figures were logged in April 2023, with 1,323 domestic abuse crimes across South Wales.

Essex

Essex Domestic Abuse Statistics

Essex Domestic Abuse Statistics

Around 67 domestic abuse crimes happen on average every day across Essex

A total of 24,456 Domestic Abuse crimes were recorded by Essex Police in the last year alone.

71% of victims were female, 27% were male, while 2% of victims had a different gender definition or the gender was unknown.

The highest number of domestic abuse crimes was recorded in March 2023, with 2,128 cases. The lowest figures were logged in February 2023, with 1,872 domestic abuse crimes across Essex.

Northumbria

Northumbria Domestic Abuse Statistics

Northumbria Domestic Abuse Statistics

Around domestic abuse crimes happen on average every day across Northumbria.

A total of 26,317 Domestic Abuse crimes were recorded by Northumbria Police in the last year alone. 

72% of victims were female, 24% were male while 4% of victims had other gender definitions or the gender was unknown.

The highest number of domestic abuse crimes was recorded in May 2023, with 2,393 cases. The lowest figures were logged in October 2023, with 2,032 domestic abuse crimes in Northumbria.

Kent

Kent Domestic Abuse Statistics

Kent Domestic Abuse Statistics

Around 84 domestic abuse crimes happen on average every day across Gloucestershire as a UK charity warns of ‘love bombing’ this Valentine’s Day. 

A total of 30,685 Domestic Abuse crimes were recorded by Kent Police in the last year alone – this accounts for 18% of all crimes reported last year in the county.

72% of victims were female, 28% were male.

The highest number of domestic abuse crimes was recorded in May 2023, with 2,710 cases. The lowest figures were logged in October 2023, with 2,282 domestic abuse crimes across Kent.

Merseyside

Merseyside Domestic Abuse Statistics

Merseyside Domestic Abuse Statistics

Around 84 domestic abuse crimes happen on average every day across Merseyside.

A total of 30,494 Domestic Abuse crimes were recorded by Merseyside Police in the last year alone – this accounts for 19% of all crimes reported last year in the county.

73% of victims were female, 25% were male, while 2% of victims had a different gender definition or the gender was unknown.

The highest number of domestic abuse crimes was recorded in December 2022, with 2,789 cases. The lowest figures were logged in October 2023, with just 2,026 domestic abuse crimes across Merseyside.

West Midlands

West Midlands Domestic Abuse Statistics

West Midlands Domestic Abuse Statistics

Around 187 domestic abuse crimes happen on average every day across the West Midlands.

A total of 63,842 Domestic Abuse crimes were recorded by West Midlands Police in the last year alone. 

73% of victims were female, 25% were male while 2% of victims had other gender definitions or the gender was unknown.

The highest number of domestic abuse crimes was recorded in January 2023, with 5,565 cases. The lowest figures were logged in October 2023, with 4,494 domestic abuse crimes in the West Midlands. 

Derbyshire

Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Statistics

Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Statistics

Around 50 domestic abuse crimes happen on average every day across Derbyshire.

A total of 18,290 Domestic Abuse crimes were recorded by Derbyshire Police in the last year alone – this accounts for 20% of all crimes reported last year in the county.

67% of victims were female, 31% were male, while 2% of victims had a different gender definition or the gender was unknown.

The highest number of domestic abuse crimes were recorded both in May and June 2023, with 1,667 cases. The lowest figures were logged in November 2023, with 1,350 domestic abuse crimes across the county.

Lancashire

Lancashire Domestic Abuse Statistics

Lancashire Domestic Abuse Statistics

Around 59 domestic abuse crimes happen on average every day across Lancashire.

A total of 18,292 Domestic Abuse crimes were recorded by Lancashire Police in the last year alone – this accounts for 17% of all crimes reported last year in the county.

72% of victims were female, 26% were male, while 2% of victims had a different gender definition or the gender was unknown.

The highest number of domestic abuse crimes was recorded in July 2023, with 1,930 cases. The lowest figures were logged in February 2023, with 1,648 domestic abuse crimes across the county.

Norfolk

Norfolk Domestic Abuse Statistics

Norfolk Domestic Abuse Statistics

Around 31 domestic abuse crimes happen on average every day across Norfolk.

A total of 11,287 Domestic Abuse crimes were recorded by Norfolk Police in the last year alone – this accounts for 18% of all crimes reported last year in the area.

69% of victims were female, 27% were male, while 4% of victims had a different gender definition or the gender was unknown.

The highest number of domestic abuse crimes was recorded in November 2022, with 1,021 cases. The lowest figures were logged in both June and August 2023, with just 882 domestic abuse crimes across the county.

Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire Domestic Abuse Statistics

Nottinghamshire Domestic Abuse Statistics

Around 47 domestic abuse crimes happen on average every day across Nottinghamshire. 

A total of 17,074 Domestic Abuse crimes were recorded by Notts Police in the last year alone – this accounts for 16% of all crimes reported last year in the area.

73% of victims were female, 24% were male, while 3% of victims had a different gender definition or the gender was unknown.

The highest number of domestic abuse crimes was recorded in August 2023, with 1,595 cases. The lowest figures were logged in December 2022, with 1,301 domestic abuse crimes across the county.

Sussex

Sussex Domestic Abuse Statistics

Sussex Domestic Abuse Statistics

Around 50 domestic abuse crimes happen on average every day across Sussex.

A total of 18,292 Domestic Abuse crimes were recorded by Sussex Police in the last year alone – this accounts for 14% of all Sussex crimes reported last year in the area.

72% of victims were female, 27% were male, while 1% of victims had a different gender definition or the gender was unknown.

The highest number of domestic abuse crimes was recorded in August 2023, with 1,713 cases. The lowest figures were logged in February 2023, with 1,304 domestic abuse crimes across the county.

Durham

Durham Domestic Abuse Statistics

Durham Domestic Abuse Statistics

Around 34 domestic abuse crimes happen on average every day across Durham.

A total of 12,499 Domestic Abuse crimes were recorded by Durham Police in the last year alone.  

69% of victims were female, 22% were male, while 8% of victims had other gender definitions or the gender was unknown. 

The highest number of domestic abuse crimes was recorded in April 2023, with 1,169 cases. The lowest figures were logged in September 2023, with 881 domestic abuse crimes in Durham.

West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire Domestic Abuse Statistics

West Yorkshire Domestic Abuse Statistics

Around 164 domestic abuse crimes happen on average every day across West Yorkshire.

A total of 59,681 Domestic Abuse crimes were recorded by West Yorkshire Police in the last year alone – this accounts for 20% of all crimes reported last year in the area.

73% of victims were female, 27% were male.

The highest number of domestic abuse crimes was recorded in Jan 2023, with 5,379 cases. The lowest figures were logged in September 2023, with 4,520 domestic abuse crimes in West Yorkshire.