Nicely following my post yesterday, the Government Equalities Office has published a domestic violence factsheet (PDF), which makes pretty sobering reading. Amongst the 'key facts' it lists are that one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, that 85% of victims of domestic violence are women and that women are the victims in 4 out of 5 domestic homicides. The factsheet also includes a 'domestic homicide map of England and Wales' showing the number of women murdered by their partners or former partners over the last five years for which statistics are available (see picture - the darker the area, the higher the incidence). The highest incidence of all was recorded by Humberside police force, with 3.27 out of every 100,000 women reported as killed by a current or former partner between 2002 and 2007. The numbers are probably not statistically significant, but I would suggest that the map may show a correlation between domestic homicides and standard of living, although, as the Guardian points out, the map also shows that domestic violence is everywhere.
[Thanks for the link to this story go to Current Awareness - who else?]