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Domestic Violence

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the incidence of violence in the home inflicted on a parent by a dependent child. (126676)

The British Crime Survey (BCS) routinely provides information on the number of incidents of domestic violence in England and Wales, but this is not broken down by the relationship between the offender and the victim.

The 2004-05 and 2005-06 British Crime Surveys also included a self-completion module on intimate violence (partner abuse, family abuse, sexual assaults and stalking). This contained more detailed questions about experiences of intimate violence. Results from the 2005-06 BCS self-completion module were published in Home Office Statistical Bulletin 02/07, which included information about the prevalence of family abuse but not by children specifically.

According to the 2005-06 BCS, 12 per cent. of women and 9 per cent. of men had experienced family abuse (non-physical abuse, threats and/or violence by a parent, step-parent or other family member) since the age of 16. 3 per cent. of women and 2 per cent. of men reported having experienced family abuse in the 12 months prior to their interview.

The Offending Crime and Justice Survey (OCJS) provides information about the prevalence of offending among the general population. In the survey, if someone reports that they have committed an assault in the last 12 months, they are then asked about their relationship to the victim. According to the latest OCJS figures, taken from the 2005 survey, in 3 per cent. of incidents of assaults by 10 to 25-year-olds, the victims are the parents of the offender. Details for dependent children are not available.