What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between adults who are or have been in a relationship, or between family members. It can affect anybody, regardless of their gender or sexuality. The violence can be psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional. It can include 'honour-based violence', female genital mutilation, and forced marriage.

Does domestic violence only happen in certain cultures or classes?

Research shows that domestic violence is most commonly experienced by women and perpetrated by men. Anyone can experience domestic violence, it is the most democratic of abuses. It crosses all known boundaries of society regardless of race, ethnic or religious group, class, disability or lifestyle.

Domestic violence can also take place in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender relationships, and can involve other family members, including children.

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