Domestic abuse is physical, sexual, psychological or financial violence that takes place within an intimate or family-type relationship and that forms a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour. This can include forced marriage and so-called ‘honour crimes’. Domestic abuse may include a range of abusive behaviours, not all of which are in themselves inherently ‘violent’.
Anybody can experience domestic abuse regardless of their race, ethnic or religious group, class, disability or any other factor.
Domestic abuse can also take place in the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community, it can involve ex-partners and other family members, including children.
An abuser may use manipulation and various tactics to control both you and the relationship. This may make it hard to recognise what is happening. Some of these situations might be familiar:
It is not OK. All of the above are abusive behaviours and may be used to gain power and control over you.
It is not easy to escape abuse but we understand how difficult and complicated it is and are here to offer advice and support.
Contact us on our confidential helpline on 020 8317 8273.