Leading charity Woman’s Aid defines domestic abuse as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behavior, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex- partner, but also a family or carer.
In the vast majority of cases it is experienced by women and is perpetrated by men. Although less common, men can also experience domestic abuse in the UK. Additionally, the difference between the number of male and female victims is at its lowest compared with previous years. Taken from the Office for National Statistic figures it can be seen that domestic abuse is most common in the West Midlands, at a rate of 7.33 cases per 100 adults, and Wales, at 7.07, and lowest in London, at 4.57. The highest rates by police force area are in Suffolk and Cleveland, and the lowest in Surrey and London.
Domestic Abuse is something that happens all around us, amongst many different types of individuals every day. In fact, it has become increasingly more common over the years. Taken from the Crime Survey for England and Wales in the year of March 2016, 1.2 million women and 651,000 men were victims of domestic abuse. An overwhelming 78% of these incidents involved violent attacks. Not only are women getting mentally and physically harmed, most shocking of all, on average two women a week are killed by a current or former partner involving abusive attacks.
Domestic violence a real problem and something that is extremely hard to monitor. Often, domestic violence victims can find themselves denying and hiding the fact that they are experiencing domestic abuse to others due to fear of their abuser. They can also be made to feel that what they are experiencing is normal, often making them feel like they do not have a voice or a right to speak out.
Domestic violence victims can often be very vulnerable and it is therefore important that they have a security mechanism in place to protect themselves from dangerous situations. Protecting these victims requires instant and regular use of resources which can be very expensive. However, a system whereby the police will respond immediately regardless of their location is essential. Instead of having to reach out for a phone, a much more obvious call for help, a personal safety alarm can be carried by these victims to seek help in a more discreet manner.
Skyguard work very closely with the UK’s police force, their devices are used and trusted by over half the police force to protect the most vulnerable people in society. Using palm sized personal safety alarms such as Skyguard’s MySOS device, equipped with GPS and two way audio, victims can call for help at any time, wherever they are. After an alarm signal has been sent, Skyguard Controllers can monitor the calls at their Incident Management Centre, listen in and send out emergency help if needed. The GPS tracking feature allows controllers to see the victim’s exact location and if they feel help is required they are able to contact the emergency services closest to the victim’s location.
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