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DV crimes with and without injury 2010/11 to 2018/19Domestic abuse and sexual offences can cause serious long-term physical and emotional harm to victims. Domestic abuse refers to any incident of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been intimate partners or family members. Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional abuse. It is difficult to understand the overall picture of domestic abuse, as it is frequently a hidden crime with very high levels of under-reporting.

Domestic flagged crime currently accounts for 13.5% of all recorded crime in Southampton, with the number of domestic flagged crimes increasing by 13.1% compared to the previous year. 31.5% of violent crimes in Southampton were flagged as domestic in 2018/19. The number of domestic flagged violent crimes in the city increased by 15% between 2017/18 and 2018/19.

Police recorded sexual offences 2018/19Sexual offences include rape, sexual assault, unlawful sexual activity against adults and children, sexual grooming and indecent exposure. Southampton has a significantly higher police recorded rate of sexual offences than England and in 2018/19 recorded the third highest rate in its group of fifteen most similar comparator Community Safety Partnerships.

The full report, summary slide set and a data compendium are available below. For more information on crime in Southampton, see the Safe City Strategic Assessment page. A separate health needs assessment on preventing perpetrators of intimate partner abuse in Southampton is also available in the resources section below.


Southampton Safe City Strategic Assessment 2018/19 (full)

The Southampton Safe City Strategic Assessment provides an overview of current and future crime, disorder and community safety issues affecting Southampton and makes recommendations to enable the Partnership to focus the Safe City Strategy and local delivery plans. The 2018/19 Strategic Assessment will provide the evidence base to inform the new Safe City Strategy which will run from March 2020. The full report, summary slide set and the data compendiums that informed the assessment are available below to download. Individual chapters associated with this topic are also available to download below.

Southampton Safe City Strategic Assessment 2018/19
pdf | 19MB | 18.12.19
6.2 DSA and Sexual Offences
pdf | 2MB | 02.12.19
Safe City Strategic Assessment presentation 2018/19
Slide set
pptx | 6MB | 03.12.19
Community Safety Crime - 2018/19
xlsx | 31MB | 04.12.19
Community Safety Offenders and Victims - 18/19
xlsx | 47MB | 02.12.19
Community Safety Perceptions of Crime - 2018/19
xlsx | 4MB | 04.12.19

Preventing perpetrators of intimate partner abuse in Southampton needs assessment

Domestic and sexual abuse (DSA) is an umbrella term that encompasses any form of abuse between any family members. Intimate partner abuse (IPA) is a term for DSA that occurs between adults in an intimate partner relationship. In recent years the need to focus on preventing perpetration of DSA, alongside and complementary to supporting victims and survivors of DSA, has become increasingly clear. This includes preventing people from ever becoming perpetrators of abuse, as well as supporting perpetrators to stop their abusive behaviour. The potentially lifelong repercussions of being a victim of DSA, or being exposed to DSA as a child make reducing DSA a key factor in improving the wellbeing of people living in Southampton. As a result a needs assessment was conducted in 2019 on the preventing perpetrators of intimate partner abuse in Southampton. This can be downloaded below:

Preventing perpetrators of intimate partner abuse in Southampton June 2019
pdf | 1MB | 19.06.19

Last updated: 19 December 2019