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Southwark has one of the highest levels of reported domestic abuse to the police in London, with an average 2,200 - 2,400 recorded incidents a year.
- Women in intimate partner relationships are significantly the highest proportion of victims and male partners, ex partners or boyfriends the highest proportion of perpetrators, however abuse can also affect men and be perpetrated by women.
- People who have experienced domestic abuse are more likely to have long term health problems, including mental health, depression and suicidal tendencies
- Two out of three people who have experiences of domestic abuse had children living with them that regularly witnessed the abuse.
- Children exposed to domestic abuse are more likely to develop long term health problems such as depression and carry out violence themselves in adolescence and adulthood.
These are some the shocking statistics included in Southwark Council's Domestic Abuse Strategy 2015-2020. The Safeguarding Boards in Southwark have also identified this as one of their main priorites as it affects both adults and children.
Domestic Abuse takes many forms: psychological,physical,sexual, financial, and emotional, with control and coercion at its heart. Its impact on individuals and families is profound and long-lasting.
This event is to hear from the community and voluntary organisations about the issues they see amongst their beneficiaries and how we might work together to address them.
At the event we will hear from Solace Women's Aid and Caroline Thawites from Southwark Council on recognising and reporting domestic abuse. There will also be an opportunity to have an open disucssion about concerns in the community and how we can work together.
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