Prevalence of domestic violence
The police reported only a very few cases of violence in families. Victims are too intimidated or ashamed to report violence, or they hope that this problem will be resolved by itself. When assessing prevalence, the question always arises: at what level of violence can concrete actions be regarded as domestic violence. According to researchers from the United States, at 25%, at one point, one partner pushes, throws aside or grabs enough the other, although incidents of severe violence (punch, bite, kick, hitting an object, beating or threatening with arms in hand) happen less often - in 13% of marriages. The most severe forms of violence (beating or using weapons) are recorded in 5% of marriages.
Such surveys also show that wives attack their husbands only slightly, but usually there is less violence and the wife's actions are most often provoked by her husband's violence. According to the British Crime Study (BIP), the highest risk of violence for young women (16-24 years old), whose victims in 1997 were 2.3%. In the second place are young men (1.6% in 1997). At the same time, the highest risk of domestic violence was for people who had divorced from their partner, but were not officially divorced. One third of the perpetrators of the violent actions admitted that they were under the influence of alcohol, and 13% - under the influence of drugs. In two thirds of cases, victims of domestic violence were beaten with their fists and / or feet. In 11% of cases, weapons were used. According to researchers, people are less willing to report domestic violence than other types of violence. It is likely that researchers about less severe cases of violence were not informed.