Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Domestic abuse service received over 19000 contacts

Domestic abuse service received over 19000 contacts

Children have been told they will be killed alongside their mothers. During these contacts women revealed the horrific abuse by their boyfriends, partners and husbands and the impact on their emotional and physical well-being.

11,000 of these calls were about emotional abuse, 3,500 were disclosures of assault and nearly 700 were reports of rape, according to the report.

"It is disclosed to our helpline and it's disclosed enough times for it to be a significant issue", said the charity's chief executive Margaret Martin.

Figures from Women's Aid show there were more than 19,000 contacts to the domestic abuse support service in 2016, with almost 4,000 disclosures of child abuse. 26% of abuse reported to Women's Aid previous year was carried out by an ex-partner or ex-husband.

Domestic abuse service received over 19000 contacts
Domestic abuse service received over 19000 contacts

Some women were beaten with weapons, stabbed and cut with knives, called derogatory names, forced into debt or denied money, isolated from family and friends and had their safety threatened.

The organisation also recorded 82 reports where children were being physically, emotionally and/or sexually abused while on access visits with their fathers.

The frequency of child abuse and children being exposed to domestic violence at home means the charity is now calling for a review of how custody of the children of violent men is handled by the legal system. To do anything less is to fail women and children. At times, the perpetrator of the abuse has deliberately targeted the children as a way to hurt both them and their mother.

The report said that putting an end to a relationship doesn't always protect women and children from domestic violence.

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