What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse can be between current or former partners in an intimate relationship, or between a family member, wherever and whenever it occurs.

The abuse may include physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse.

Physical violence can be:

  • Biting
  • Bruising
  • Scalding
  • Slapping/punching/kicking
  • Starving
  • Strangulation
  • Pushing
  • Blocking

Sexual abuse can be:

  • Rape
  • Forced pregnancy/termination
  • Withdrawal of contraception
  • Enforced prostitution
  • Derogatory remarks
  • Making you feel like you should do things you don’t want to

Emotional abuse can be:

  • Undermining/criticism
  • Shouting
  • Constant put downs
  • Financial deprivation
  • Constraints on going out, friendships, contacts, checking phone/social media etc
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Verbal abuse
  • Controlling behaviour
  • Constant and/or abusive texts/phone calls and harassment
  • Stalking

Domestic abuse can take place across culture, religion, disability, gender, education, status, race, sexuality, age, class and nationality.