Suffering domestic violence or abuse - How we can help

What is domestic violence and domestic abuse?

Domestic violence or abuse includes all kinds of physical, psychological, sexual, financial and emotional abuse between people who are, or were, in a relationship with each other or are family members over the age of 16.

There is no exhaustive definition of domestic violence or abuse. Some types of violence are directly physical and may include:

· Assault.

· Rape.

· Damaging property.

Some types of abuse are not physical, such as:

· Threats.

· Criticism.

· Harassment.

· Controlling behaviour, such as:

· isolating someone from sources of support;

· reducing their independence;