What is Domestic Abuse?

The definition of domestic abuse is: any incident of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of their gender or sexuality.

This can include but isn't limited to the following types of abuse:

  • physical
  • emotional
  • psychological
  • sexual
  • financial
  • Domestic abuse also includes honour-based abuse and forced marriage.

The Law Officers Department has some guidance on the types of domestic abuse and the decisions process around procecutions.

Just one incident counts as abuse.

Domestic abuse can affect anyone regardless of ethnicity, age, gender, sexuality or social background.

If you are suffering from physical, sexual, psychological or financial abuse, or are being threatened, intimidated or stalked by a current or previous partner or close family member, it’s likely you’re a victim of domestic abuse.

You're not to blame for what's happening. You're not alone.

You can report it to us online or by calling on 01534 612612 or 999 in an emergency. If you’re not ready to speak to the police, you can contact support organisations who will help you.

We have a list of local support organisations who can help.


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