A Freedom of Information request has revealed that the number of victims of domestic violence withdrawing their support for criminal charges against their abusers jumped by around 40% to more than 160,000 during 2016. Campaigners have blamed a crisis in support for domestic violence victims resulting from government cuts.
These figures have emerged in the same week that domestic violence has been in the news because of revelations that the late poet Sylvia Plath told her therapist that she had been attacked by her husband, fellow poet Ted Hughes, just two days before suffering a miscarriage.
Research has shown that victims of domestic violence are at heightened risk during the first year after separation from a violent partner. It is often possible to obtain injunctions to protect against violent and abusive behaviour, and we are experienced at dealing with these issues carefully and sensitively.
Unseen Sylvia Plath letters claim domestic abuse by Ted Hughes