What is abuse?

What is Domestic Abuse?


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.”*


*This definition includes so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.


Domestic Violence

Does domestic violence only happen in certain cultures or classes?


Research shows that domestic violence is most commonly experienced by women and perpetrated by men. Any woman can experience domestic violence regardless of race, ethnic or religious group, class, disability or lifestyle.


Domestic violence can also take place in lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender relationships, and can involve other family members, including children.



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How common is domestic violence?


Domestic violence is very common. 1 in 4 women will experience some form of domestic abuse in their lifetime. Domestic violence accounts for between 16% and one quarter of all recorded violent crime. In any one year, there are 13 million separate incidents of physical violence or threats of violence against women from partners or former partners. From July 2013 to August 2014 the police is Salford received 6,492 calls in relation to domestic abuse. SWA opened 694 cases from April 2013 to March 2014; some of these may have been referred to the refuges. It has more repeat victims than any other crime. 2 women a week are killed by a former or current partner. 75% of children referred to Children’s Services and placed on Child Protection Plans are due to domestic abuse in the family.

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