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, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass, but is not limited to, 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, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim

Whatever form it takes, domestic abuse is rarely a one-off incident, et devrait plutôt être considéré comme un modèle de comportement violent et de contrôle à travers lequel l'agresseur cherche le pouvoir sur leur victime. Typiquement, l'abus implique un modèle de comportement violent et contrôlant, ce qui tend à s'aggraver au fil du temps. L'abus peut commencer à n'importe quel moment, dans la première année, ou après de nombreuses années de vie commune. Il peut commencer, continuer, ou escalade après une couple sont séparés et peut avoir lieu non seulement à la maison mais aussi dans un lieu public.

La violence domestique se produit dans la société, indépendamment de l'âge, sexe, race, sexuality, wealth, and geography.

Women’s Aid defines domestic abuse as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, 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.