What is Domestic Abuse?

The word Abuse is all-encompassing but when it’s broken down what does it actually mean? What does it actually refer to?

We used to just use the term Domestic Violence, we all know what violence is and that it is unacceptable. But victims were not just suffering from violent outbursts.

So we started using new terminology to reflect what victims were actually suffering. In so doing some people seem to have found themselves unsure about what Domestic Abuse actually encompasses.

So here is the definition given by the government domestic violence and abuse is:

any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behavior, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

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