Domestic Abuse is also called Domestic Violence and Relationship Abuse. The word ‘domestic’ is used because it happens between people that are, or have been, in an intimate relationship. This includes husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, partners and also people in same sex relationships. Both men and women can be victims of domestic abuse. It can happen to anyone, no matter who you are or where you live.
Domestic abuse can be:
- Psychological – making threats, saying things to frighten you, criticizing, harassment
- Physical – hitting, punching, kicking,
- Sexual – forcing someone to have sex or do sexual things against their will
- Financial – stealing money, not allowing you to have any money
- Emotional – saying negative things, name calling, blaming you for everything
- Coercive control – this includes assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten someone
- Controlling behaviour includes isolating someone from sources of support, not allowing them any independence, , saying where you can and can’t go and who you can and can’t speak to.
The government definition of domestic abuse applies to people aged 16 or over who are or have been in an intimate relationship.