Domestic abuse is the misuse of power and control by one person over another.
It can begin at any time, can be obvious or subtle and can happen suddenly or gradually. It can happen to anyone regardless of class, age, race, religion, culture, disability, sexual orientation or lifestyle.
Forms of domestic abuse include:
- Physical - pushing, hitting, kicking, choking, biting
- Emotional - putting you down, humiliating you, calling you names
- Psychological - intimidation, coercion, threats
- Sexual - forcing sexual acts, withholding affection as punishment
- Financial - taking/controlling your money, destroying your credit rating
- Honour-based - abusive action taken when a family or a community believes that the victim has breached the family's honour or the honour code, including rape, assault and murder
Abuse, of any kind, is never acceptable.
Report domestic abuse
- Or call 101
Remember - in an emergency you should always call 999