Domestic violence and abuse is defined by the government as ‘any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, 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 includes issues of concern to black and minority ethnic (BME) communities, such as so called 'honour’ killings.
Domestic violence and abuse can take different forms and may include:
- physical assault
- sexual abuse
- coercive control
- mental abuse
- verbal abuse
- systematic criticism and humiliation
- not being free to go anywhere or do anything on your own or with your friends and family.
Who it can affect
Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence regardless of gender, age, race, background, disability, sexuality or type of relationship.
Our team meet people every day who have been subjected to abuse from a partner, ex-partner or family member. Often this abuse has gone on for some time before they have asked for help.