Domestic Abuse

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Domestic violence is -

  • physical abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • psychological abuse
  • financial abuse
  • a pattern of controlling and abusive behaviour within an intimate or family type relationship.

If you are being abused, threatened, or physically assaulted by a partner, former partner, or a family member, that is domestic violence. Domestic abuse often features physical violence. It can also involve a wide range of abusive and controlling behaviour including -

  • threats
  • harassment
  • physical attacks
  • financial control
  • emotional abuse

Anyone can experience domestic violence. It happens in all kinds of relationships and for any reason, regardless of -

  • age
  • race
  • religion
  • sex
  • disability
  • lifestyle

It's rarely a one-off event.