Domestic violence in London rises 63% in seven years

Domestic violence has risen dramatically in London in the past seven years, figures show, prompting concern about the hidden problem of “widespread sexual violence” in the capital.

It comes as the mayor Sadiq Khan announces an extra £15m of funding into services, saying cuts had left them at “breaking point”.

Data shows there was a 63% increase in domestic abuse offences between 2011 and 2018. In the year ending March 2011 there were 48,422 domestic abuse offences recorded by the Metropolitan police compared with 78,814 up to the same point in 2018.

The figures were in published in a report released by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime. They showed that in the past year three-quarters of victims were female and that victims were more likely to live in more deprived areas. Earlier in the month it was revealed that in 2018 the number of killings in London linked to domestic abuse trebled from nine to 29 in a year.