Domestic Abuse
Domestic Abuse


Domestic abuse 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 abuse can be psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional. It can include 'honour-based violence', female genital mutilation, and forced marriage.

Does domestic abuse only happen in certain cultures or classes?

Research shows that domestic abuse is most commonly experienced by women and perpetrated by men. Anyone can experience domestic abuse, 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 abuse can also take place in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender relationships, and can involve other family members, including children.

What is Domestic Abuse :
  • It's degrading
  • You feel you have to hide it
  • It's like having the life sucked out of you
  • Need to keep it a secret
  • (He's) sick in the head
  • It's like a sculpture: sculptor begins with huge, solid block and little bits are chipped away from you bit by bit till you get smaller and smaller.
  • It's frightening
  • It's confusing
  • You're not believed
  • You feel stupid
  • It's damaging
  • It's scary
  • It's a killer
  • It's child abuse
  • It's about power and control
  • It's not age restricted
  • It's not class restricted
  • It's nothing to do with religion
  • It's real
  • It's a social issue
  • It hurts
  • It wrecks families
(Statements from residents in Foundation refuge and EVA)

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Womens Aid: 0808 2000 247
Police (none emergency): 101
Police (emergency): 999


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