What is domestic violence and abuse?
“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."
- Psychological: such as preventing contact with family/friends, threats
- Physical: such as kicking, punching, biting, slapping, restraining, throwing things, burning
- Sexual: such as rape, being forced to participate in sexual acts, being forced to watch pornography
- Financial: such as depriving of money, selling possessions, controlling expenditure, loaning money
- Emotional: such as giving you the silent treatment, name calling/insults, mood swings, criticism, playing on your fears
"A range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday 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."
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