What Is Domestic Abuse?

Since April 2013, Domestic Abuse has been defined by the Government as

“Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, العنف أو سوء المعاملة بين الذين تتراوح أعمارهم بين 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass, ولكن ليس على سبيل الحصر, the following types of abuse:

• psychological

• physical

• sexual

• financial

• emotional

Controlling behaviour is: a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, استغلال مواردها وقدراتها لتحقيق مكاسب شخصية, حرمانهم من الوسائل المطلوبة من أجل الاستقلال, المقاومة والهرب وتنظيم سلوكهم اليومي.

Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, التهديدات, الإذلال والتخويف أو سوء المعاملة الأخرى التي يتم استخدامها للإضرار, يعاقب, أو تخويف ضحيتهم

Whatever form it takes, domestic abuse is rarely a one-off incident, and should instead be seen as a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviour through which the abuser seeks power over their victim. Typically the abuse involves a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviour, which tends to get worse over time. The abuse can begin at any time, in the first year, or after many years of life together. It may begin, continue, or escalate after a couple have separated and may take place not only in the home but also in a public place.

Domestic abuse occurs across society, regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, wealth, and geography.

Women’s Aid defines domestic abuse as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, الخبراء, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, by a partner or ex-partner. It is very common. In the vast majority of cases it is experienced by women and is perpetrated by men.