There were 2,815 domestic related offences in Cardiff 2015/16, of these 2,348 were recorded as violence against the person and 54 as sexual offences. As with the previous year, significantly higher numbers of offences were recorded in Cardiff South West and Cardiff South East compared to the other neighbourhood areas in the city.
Domestic abuse encompasses not just physical violence, but emotional, psychological, financial or sexual abuse within a family or intimate relationship. The consequences are stark, affecting everything from the victim’s mental and physical well-being to their financial security, their relationships with friends and family, to their ability to hold down a job.
There is a growing body of evidence that the impact of domestic abuse within a child’s home is one of a number of factors called ‘adverse childhood experiences’ that can have a long-term impact on not only a child’s mental and physical well-being, but also on their educational attainment, and their likelihood of taking up unhealthy lifestyles such as smoking and of entering the criminal justice system.
This kind of abuse also has wider impacts on society, including additional demands on public services, impacts for employers of victims who may be off work because of the abuse.