What is Domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse is a pattern of behaviours by a partner or ex-partner, which includes controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading, intimidating and/or violent behaviours.
Domestic abuse can happen to anyone regardless of their age, race, ethnicity, social class, employment status, disability, or whether they have children or not.
Domestic abuse is largely experienced by women and perpetrated by men, with one in four women experiencing domestic abuse. We do recognise that men can be victims of domestic abuse. If this is you please see the “What about Men” section of our website.
More often than not when we hear the term “domestic abuse” we think about physical violence. For some people who experience domestic abuse, physical abuse occurs within the relationship; however physical abuse does not have to be happening for a relationship to be abusive. For lots of women who live with domestic abuse there may be no scars, bruising or broken bones. Domestic abuse is a complex pattern of controlling behaviour which seeks to gain power and control through numerous abusive behaviours and tactics. There are many forms of abuse which may exist within an abusive relationships, these can include:
- Emotional/Mental/Verbal Abuse
- Put downs
- Threatening behaviour or verbal threats
- Isolation from friends and families
- Physical Abuse
- Hitting, slapping, pushing
- Financial Abuse
- With-holding money
- Sexual Abuse & Coercion
- Digital Abuse
- Monitoring phones
All forms of abuse are serious and harmful and can affect an individual in vast, significant ways.