Study after study has shown that violence against women is primarily perpetrated by men they are in a relationship with. A new study suggests that bisexual women are more at risk than average. The British study is the first to take a look at the issue in-depth. The research is part of a larger study of the causes and prevalence of spousal abuse in the United Kingdom.
The study, undertaken by the UK's Office of National Statistics, surveyed women between the ages of 16 and 59. Conducted from 2015 through 2017, the Office of National Statistics reviewed figures using the definition of domestic abuse set out by the Crime Survey for England and Wales. The standard considered for this study covered:
- Non-sexual assault including physical and emotional abuse
- Sexual assault and rape
- Stalking and threats
According to the study, nearly 11% of bisexual women reported some form of abuse at the hands of their partner during the preceding 12 months. During the same time frame, heterosexual women reported domestic violence at a rate of 6%.
From those who reported domestic abuse, 6.8% of bisexual women reported a non-sexual abuse by a partner while heterosexual women reported abuse in 3.9% of cases. The survey also reflects that bisexual women were far more likely to be sexually assaulted by a partner. Bisexual women reported sexual assaults at a rate five times that of a heterosexual woman.
The study also delved into demographic differences among victims. Younger women were more likely to both be abused as well as to report that abuse to authorities. However, older women, mixed-race women, and women battling mental illness were disproportionally affected by domestic abuse. They were also less likely to report incidents of abuse at the hands of a partner.
Seattle Domestic Violence Charges
The standard for domestic violence in Washington State differs from the one set out in this study. Specifically, Washington outlines a list of specific crimes that will enhance as a domestic charge if the accused and the victim share an intimate relationship. Washington State law sets out these specific charges, which include the following.
- Felony or misdemeanor assault
- Drive-by shooting
- Reckless endangerment
- Criminal trespass
- Malicious mischief
- Unlawful imprisonment
- Violation of the provisions of a restraining or no-contact order
- Interference with the reporting of domestic violence
Seattle Domestic Violence Attorney
If you have been charged with a domestic violence crime in the Seattle area, the Law Offices of Steve Karimi is here to help. As a former prosecutor, Steve Karimi has years of experience with domestic violence charges. A domestic violence conviction can affect your ability to find employment, housing, or even to get an education. Steve Karimi understands that the stakes are high and is ready to help you build the strongest defense possible. The best way to protect your liberty and your livelihood is by hiring an experienced defense attorney to assist you in crafting your defense. Steve Karimi has experience in defending the accused at trial as well as having charges dismissed altogether. Contact the Law Offices of Steve Karimi today for your free consultation.