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Third of UK women keep domestic violence a secret

By Emma Clark

One in three women in the UK has suffered domestic violence, according to a new poll, which found more than a third of the victims had kept it a secret from friends and family.

National women's charity Refuge said the survey suggests more women than ever are recognising themselves as victims of the "horrific crime".

However, the poll found 35% of women would keep the abuse to themselves if they were a victim.

Refuge chief executive Sandra Horley said the real number of victims remains hard to determine. She said: "We don't know the true extent of domestic violence because so many women don't disclose their experiences to anyone.

""Domestic violence is a huge social issue which affects everyone. We all have a role to play in ending this horrific crime."

The survey showed that of the victims who had revealed the abuse nearly half (43%) thought it was not serious enough to involve other people.

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