Domestic violence & abuse
Domestic violence takes place between people who have, or have had a relationship. They include husbands and wives, former partners and children. Domestic violence takes many forms, for example:
physical violence – hitting, pushing, causing injury or forcing the victim to have sex
swearing and shouting
behaviour that humiliates or degrades the victim
taking control of money
stopping the victim from leaving the home
Domestic violence can begin at any time during a relationship and tends to grow worse with time and become more frequent.
Who experiences domestic violence?
Domestic violence can happen in any type of relationship – heterosexual, gay, bisexual and transgender.
People suffer domestic violence regardless of their social group, class, age, race, disability, sexuality or lifestyle.
Children are often silent victims. To witness, or be a victim of, domestic violence can seriously affect a child’s behaviour, health, performance at school and long term future.
Factors that can trigger violence include:
trying to leave a partner
feeling alone and socially isolated because someone doesn’t speak English or has a disability that stops them from going out or talking to people
misuse of drugs and/or alcohol
Can anyone help?
To speak to someone in confidence for support, information or an emergency referral to temporary accommodation, contact the free 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247 or visit the National Domestic Violence Helpline website.