Domestic abuse is physical, sexual, psychological, emotional or financial abuse that usually takes place within the home, and is perpetrated by a partner, ex-partner, family member or carer.
''My first long-term intimate partner was very abusive. He raped me, hit me, tried to kill me.''
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Domestic abuse is not solely acts of violence. It also includes:
- Psychological and/or emotional abuse
- Financial/economic abuse
- Online and/or digital abuse (tech abuse)
It can also include stalking and harassment, controlling and threatening behaviour, forced marriage, ‘honour-based’ crimes and female genital mutilation (FGM).
Not all forms of domestic violence and abuse are crimes, but they will still affect your quality of life.
By addressing this at an early stage, it is far easier for you to recover.
Domestic violence and abuse is rarely a one-off incident and is a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviour through which the abuser seeks power over their victim.
It occurs across the whole of society, regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, disability, religion, class, or lifestyle and income.
This website aims to give you as much information as possible to help you take control of your situation.
You’ve already taken your first step in visiting this website.
However, the second step will need to be your choice, when you are ready.