Domestic Abuse: Facts and Figures

One in four women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime.

Women are on average assaulted 35 times before they seek help.

Over 30% of domestic abuse starts during pregnancy.

In 90% of incidents children are in same or adjacent room when violence happens.

From April 2019 to March 2020 there were 31,817 domestic abuse incidents reported to the PSNI with 18,640 domestic abuse crimes recorded, the highest since records began in 2004/05.

8,300 domestic abuse incidents were reported to the PSNI during lockdown, from April – June 2020. Police respond to one incident of domestic abuse every 17 minutes across Northern Ireland.

Eight women lost their lives in lockdown in Northern Ireland.

Women’s Aid ABCLN 2019-2020

Women’s Aid ABCLN worked with 1,674 and 2,313 children in 2019-20.

93 women and 51 children stayed in our refuge and self-contained accommodation.

1,581 women and 2,262 children accessed support in the community.

A further 5,043 children and young people participated in education and awareness raising programmes in schools.

221 children attended crèche and after-schools programmes including Voices Groups for young people.

324 children received one to one and therapeutic support through projects including Family First and Cygnet.

Last year 11 babies were born to Women’s Aid refuges across Northern Ireland.


Women’s Aid NI Annual Report 2019-20

PSNI Domestic Abuse Statistics