Domestic abuse, or domestic violence, includes a range of abusive behaviour (either physical, sexual, financial, psychological or emotional) between people 16 years or older, who are or were intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender.
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Domestic abuse can happen to anyone; partners; ex-partners; family members; any man or woman, regardless of sexuality, race, background or upbringing.
Children and young people can also be affected by the abuse that they see and hear, and they can be harmed as part of domestic abuse between adults. Young people may also experience abuse from their own boyfriend/girlfriend.
Domestic Abuse can be:
Emotional and psychological
- Manipulating you to do what they want
- Constantly checking where you are
- Preventing you from seeing your friends or family or suggesting that you are better off without your friends or family 'interfering'
- Constantly putting you down Using the children to bully you or blackmail you to stay in the relationship
- Shouting and intimidating behaviour
- Strangling or smothering you
- Threatening to hurt you or someone you care about
- Not allowing you to take medication or giving you too much
- Using weapons against you
- Not allowing you to have any money
- Deliberately getting you into debt
- Making you give up your job or stopping you from getting a job
- Forcing you to have your wages or benefits paid into their account
- Taking sexual images of you and then sharing them without your consent - or threatening to share them - this is often called Revenge Porn
- Making you watch pornography if you don't want to
- Making sexual comments to you that make you feel uncomfortable
- Sexual assault
Information, advice and guidance
- Take the test - are you in an abusive relationship?
- Survivor stories
- Have your say
- Domestic & Sexual Abuse Partnership
- Information for Practitioners
Need to talk?
For confidential advice, information and support, call our domestic abuse helpline on 0800 4701505.
Remember, always call 999 in an emergency.