What is domestic abuse/relationship abuse?
Domestic abuse is a pattern of behaviour that is used by someone to control or obtain power over their partner or family member. It can happen at any point in a relationship, including after a relationship ends. Domestic abuse is never the fault of the person who is experiencing it. And it can happen to anyone of any age, background, gender, religion, sexual orientation or ethnicity.
Recognise domestic abuse/relationship abuse
Does your partner, ex-partner or someone you live with:
- cut you off from family and friends and intentionally isolate you?
- bully, threaten, or control you?
- take control of your finances?
- monitor or limit your use of technology?
- physically and/or sexually abuse you?
Domestic abuse/relationship abuse is not always physical violence. It can also include:
- coercive control and ‘gaslighting’
- economic abuse
- online abuse
- threats and intimidation
- emotional abuse
- sexual abuse