Violence in the UK has sadly been a big part of forming its history. For example, the recent horrific Manchester bombing at the Ariana Grande concert, or the acid attacks taking place in London. This has placed the UK in the centre of the media’s attention. With the increasing bombardment of extreme violence on our social networks and in the news, it appears that we are becoming more desensitized towards it. When only the biggest and most shocking forms of violence are portrayed in the media, we all but ignore the violence that hits closer to home.
In the UK, the Crime survey for England and Wales estimates that 26% of women over the age of 16 and 14% of men, have experienced domestic violence and abuse in 2017. This is equivalent to 6.5 million victims. One in four British women experience domestic abuse in their lives. This shockingly high statistic shows that however horrifying the violence is in the news, there is a subtler form that could be happening just next door.
As of March 2016, there were an estimated 2 million men and women between the ages of 16 and 59 who reported domestic violence. Although this number seems relatively small compared to the population of the UK, it is approximately 1 in 10 crimes reported to the police.
The ‘culture of tolerance’ coined by Amnesty International, is proven by many people believing a ‘small act’ of hitting a women is okay. When such a minimal show of violence is accepted, we can only wonder why people are threatened by incidents which occur less frequently. We question why the public responds so intensely to violence of terrorism, yet chooses to remain passive towards any violence which doesn’t concern them.
Whilst violence across the UK is a theme which is overtaking our lives, we often forget that violence comes in subtler forms. Violence is not just the bombings that we hear about, but the silent cries for help which should not be ignored.
by Issy M.