More than 10% of women aged between 16 and 19 in England and Wales say they have experienced domestic abuse in the past year according to The Office for National Statistics’ annual report on domestic abuse .
Women in their 20s and early 40s are statistically the next most vulenerable groups, but it is important to remember that age and gender have no bearing on domestic abuse and anybody can suffer it at any time in their life.
About 7% of men who are still in their teens have also experienced it, according to the data.
Domestic abuse includes non-physical abuse, threats, force, sexual assault or stalking by a partner or family member – the most common of which is abuse by a partner. To find out more about this see our page dedicated to the law surrounding domestic abuse.