Domestic Abuse

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Domestic abuse is the abuse of one partner within an intimate or family relationship. It is the repeated physical, psychological, sexual or financial abuse by a person known to you, usually your partner or ex-partner or family member. It is one person exerting systematic abusive power and control over another.

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Who does it affect?

It can be experienced by women and men, whatever their race, age, class, colour, ability, religion or sexuality.

It can happen in all kinds of relationships: heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

When does it happen?

Abuse can begin at any stage of the relationship and may continue after the relationship has ended.

Domestic abuse is rarely a one-off incident. Incidents generally become more frequent and severe over time.

Are you a victim?

Does your partner:

Do you:

If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions you may be involved in a relationship that is physically, emotionally, psychologically or sexually abusive.

What can I do about it?

Everyone has the right to be safe in their own home and to live free from abuse, threat and fear. There are things you can do to change your life. You can choose what the best and safest option for you is.

Domestic abuse is a crime and must be stopped