Domestic abuse is an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer. It is very common. In the vast majority of cases it is experienced by women and is perpetrated by men.
Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following:
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.
Although every situation is unique, there are common factors that link the experience of an abusive relationship. Acknowledging these factors is an important step in preventing and stopping the abuse. This list can help you to recognise if you, or someone you know, are in an abusive relationship.
They include :
At Housing for Women we understand how difficult it can be if you are experiencing domestic violence or other forms of violence. You might feel scared, isolated and confused. You might feel too ashamed or afraid to tell anyone about your situation. We are here to offer advice and support.
Call our confidential Referral and Advice line on 020 8317 8273.