Domestic Violence

Domestic violence and abuse is defined by the UK government as "Any incident of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality".  

Can you imagine a world in which someone is hiding, too frightened to move? A world where a simple trip to the shops leads to broken bones? Can you imagine a world where the threat of violence is an everyday occurrence? Sadly this isn't a war zone but the everyday lives of many women.

How can I get help?

Domestic violence is an abuse of human rights, an abuse that occurs within a relationship where there should be love and trust. It is a horribly common problem which can happen to anyone, young or old, rich or poor, male or female. Anyone can fall victim to domestic violence and abuse. It has devastating, far-reaching effects on the lives and health of those victims, on their children and on wider society. There are lots of ways to get help if this is happening to you, or to someone you know.

What counts as abuse?

Any form of physical or sexual abuse from your partner or your ex-partner is a form of domestic violence. But the reality is that any form of threatening or intimidating behaviour from them is domestic abuse. It is a way of controlling you and it is a crime.

If you are assaulted or threatened, humiliated or intimidated by your partner in order to make you behave in a particular way. If you feel as though your every move is being monitored, and this frightens you. If you feel you no longer have any independence and no way of getting the emotional, social or financial support you need. These are all forms of domestic violence and abuse.

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Dr Jacqueline Payne
Peer Reviewer:
Dr Mary Harding
Document ID:
28820 (v2)
Last Checked:
08 May 2017
Next Review:
29 June 2020

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