What is Domestic Abuse

What is Domestic Abuse?

The government define Domestic Abuse as any incident or pattern of incidents 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 gender or sexuality. This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse: psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional.

Controlling behaviour:

A range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependant by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capabilities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their every day behaviour.

Coercive behaviour:

An act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim. (This definition includes “honour” based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group).

Honour Based Violence (Association of Police Officers (ACPO) definition):

A crime or an incident, which has or may have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family/and or community.