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What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is a crime which affects hundreds of people every year across the Channel Islands.

Domestic abuse, also referred to as domestic violence, is a pattern of behaviour characterised by the exercise of control by one person over another within the context of an intimate or family relationship.

The abuse may take many forms such as physical, sexual, emotional, psychological or financial; most commonly it is a combination of all of these forms and is likely to get worse over time and increase in frequency.

Domestic Abuse is primarily a gender based crime consisting mainly of violence by men against women. However, it does occur in same sex relationships and heterosexual men can also be abused by their partners or other family members. It is never acceptable.

Domestic Abuse severely impacts on children and young people as witnesses to the abuse.

 

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