Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse

The behaviour of one person towards another is domestic abuse if both people are aged over 16 years old, are personally connected to each other, and the behaviour is abusive:

  • physical or sexual abuse
  • violent or threatening behaviour
  • controlling or coercive behaviour
  • economic abuse
  • psychological, emotional or other abuse
  • honour-based abuse
  • forced marriage

It doesn't matter if it's a single incident or happens multiple times.

Victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.

If you think you are a victim of domestic abuse, there is help available. 

You will be listened to. You will be believed. You are not alone.

Last updated 10 January 2024