What is domestic violence and abuse?
We define domestic violence and abuse as a pattern of controlling, violent and abusive behaviour, in the majority of cases by a current partner or ex-partner, but also within a family relationship. It can take place both in and outside of the home.
Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to:
• Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
• Psychological and/or emotional abuse
• Physical violence
• Sexual assault and abuse
• Financial or economic abuse
• Harassment and stalking
• Online or digital abuse
Domestic violence and abuse is very common. It can affect anyone irrespective of sex, ethnicity, class, gender identity, religion, cultural background, disability, marital status, age or sexuality. It is never your fault.