When I was a kid, the number of times my mother would beat me in the street, the way she would put a stick in my mouth, the smell of her cigarette smoke, and the sound of her shouting were common sights.
But what was it that she did that made me so angry?
When I started researching for my PhD, I came across a report by the British Association of Suicidology, which said that more than a quarter of the people killed by their partner or ex-partner were killed because of violence.
The report also found that one in five women in England, Wales and Scotland experienced domestic violence, and one in three men.
These figures were all shocking news, but the report also highlighted a significant lack of research into what causes domestic violence.
“It’s like the only statistics that have been published about domestic abuse are from police records, which aren’t collected at all, so we don’t have a comprehensive view,” says Professor Sue McElwee, from the University of Sussex.
“We’re only talking about one third of domestic violence victims, and that’s based on the police.”
There are a number of different ways of analysing the data, but all of those are completely unreliable, and they’re often not representative of what’s actually happening in our communities.
“Professor McElwes study found that about one in 10 women and one out of 10 men in England were victims of violence by their partners or exes, and about one-third of those were female.”
They’re not just the victims, they’re the perpetrators,” she says.”
I think there’s a lot of work to be done in terms of improving our understanding of domestic abuse.
“The issue is we don