Introduction to domestic abuse
Domestic violence also known as domestic abuse is defined as:
'An incident or a pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse. It concerns people aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members and it can happen regardless of your gender or sexuality'.
Domestic violence can include but is not limited to, the following types of abuse: psychological, emotional, physical, sexual and financial. It also includes what is known as 'honour' based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage.
Domestic violence affects people of every class, gender, level of wealth, geography, age, race, disability and sexuality. The violence can begin at any stage of the relationship and may continue after the relationship has ended. It is a pattern of controlling and aggressive behaviour that is intentional and calculated to exercise power and control within a relationship.
What can I do if it’s happening to me?
Don't blame yourself:
- It can happen to all people of all ages, classes, races, religions and levels of intelligence
- You are not responsible for the violence
- You can't change the abuser's behaviour
- It is rare for it to happen only once and often gets more serious the longer it continues
- Don't keep it a secret - there is a lot of help available
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