Do you think you or a friend or a family may be suffering domestic abuse?
Women’s Aid is the national charity for women and children working to end domestic abuse
What is domestic violence?
It is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can include but is not limited to the following types of abuse:
What do you mean by controlling behaviour? It is a range of acts designed to make a person humiliated, worthless and/or dependent by isolating them from friends and family or other types of support, not giving you access to money, stopping you from being independence, doing what you want or escape - controlling your everyday behaviour.
They can carry out coercive behaviour because they make you afraid of being assaulted, they threaten, humiliate or intimidate you or other forms of abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.
Domestic violence also includes ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.