Domestic abuse is an incident or pattern of incidents, whereby controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading or violent behaviour is involved, this also includes sexual violence. In the majority of cases domestic abuse is perpetrated by a partner or ex-partner, but this can also by a family member or carer.

Domestic abuse can include:

  • Coercive control (a pattern of intimidating and controlling behaviour with the use or threat of physical violence)
  • Psychological and/or emotional abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Harassment and stalking
  • Online or digital abuse

Any woman can experience domestic abuse; regardless of race, ethnic or religious group, sexuality, class, or disability.

Am I in an Abusive Relationship?

Everyone has arguments and disagrees with their partners, family members and others that are close to them, from time to time. We all do things at times that we regret, which cause unhappiness to those we care about, but if this begins to form a consistent pattern or if behaviours cause harm or fear, then this could be an indication of domestic abuse.

Are you being threatened or hurt by your partner?

Are you not allowed to leave the house when you want to?

Does someone you live with constantly criticise and humiliate you?

Do you have little or no control over financial matters?

Are you about scared of how your partner will react to a situation?

Are you scared when your partner is angry because you can’t predict their behaviour?

Do you feel like you’re walking on eggshells?

Are you staying in more and seeing less of family and friends to avoid arguments with your partner?

This is domestic abuse and you are not alone