Domestic and sexual abuse

Domestic Violence is usually about one person’s desire to control their partner, even if they are not aware of this themselves.

There are different forms of abuse, but if your relationship leaves you feeling scared, intimidated or controlled, it's possible you're in an abusive relationship. Sadly if it has happened once, it is likely to happen again.

The government's definition of domestic violence is as follows:

‘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:

  • physical abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • emotional abuse
  • financial abuse
  • psychological abuse

Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate or dependent by:

  • isolating them from sources of support
  • exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain
  • depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape
  • regulating their everyday behaviour

Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.*

*This definition includes so-called 'honour' based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage.

Get help

Find out more about how to get help for yourself or support someone you know. Even if it has been happening for years it is never too late to seek help.

If you, or someone you know, is in immediate danger of abuse or harm please call 999.

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