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Domestic Abuse

What is domestic violence?

Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse

Domestic violence is defined as "Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality."

As the definition suggests, domestic abuse does not discriminate between age, class, race, religion or sex and anyone can be the victim of domestic abuse.

Domestic Abuse is a 'hidden crime', a crime that occurs behind closed doors when often there are no witnesses. It is also a personal crime, where people who experience it are often reluctant to confide in others including family and friends

  • Do you think you or a friend may be experiencing domestic abuse? Answer these questions to find out.

What to do if you are experiencing domestic abuse

Domestic Abuse wheel

Domestic Abuse wheel

If you are experiencing domestic abuse or you think a friend or relative may be experiencing abuse from a partner or relative:

Alternatively, look at the useful website links in the right hand menu which will direct you to further advice and information.

Male victims of domestic abuse

Male victims of domestic abuse

Male victims of domestic abuse

Although women are more likely to experience domestic abuse and to experience repeat and severe forms of violence, men may also experience incidents of domestic abuse.

The Men's Advice Line provides a range of services aimed at men who have or are experiencing domestic abuse from their partner. Call 0808 801 0327 for advice and support.

More useful links can also be found here.

Did you know?

1 in 4 women experience domestic violence over their lifetime.

1 incident of domestic abuse is reported to Police every minute, however less than 40% of domestic violence crime is reported to Police

45% of women and 26% of men experienced at least 1 incident of domestic abuse in their lifetime

Women are much more likely than men to be the victim of multiple incidents of abuse

On average 2 women a week are killed by a current or former male partner

The total number of women supported by domestic violence services in England on one typical day (in 2006) was 11,310.

In 75% to 90% of incidents of domestic violence, children are in the same
or the next room.

Children who live with domestic violence are at increased risk of
behavioural problems and emotional trauma, and mental health difficulties
in adult life.

Abused women are more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety,
psychosomatic systems, eating problems and sexual dysfunction.

75% of cases of domestic violence result in physical injury or mental health
consequences to women.

Domestic violence costs around £23 billion a year





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