Trigger Warning: this page includes information regarding domestic abuse, harassment, sexual abuse, honour based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage.
What is domestic abuse?
What forms can domestic abuse take?
Some useful definitions
This is defined as an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish or frighten the victim. This definition includes ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage. Victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.
This is defined as a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape, and regulating their everyday behaviour.
Stalking and harassment
This is repeated behaviour which is unwanted by the victim and causes the victim alarm or distress. It encompasses a wide range of behaviour and can include frequent, unwanted contact; following or watching the victim; damage to the victims property, and threats of harm.
Control of finances, often used to prevent a victim from having the money to pay for transport to get to work, or to buy suitable clothing for work. Without financial independence, it can be very difficult to leave a violent or abusive relationship.
Includes name-calling, threats and manipulation, blaming you for the abuse or ‘gas-lighting’ you.
The perpetrator might send abusive texts, demand access to your devices, track you with spyware, or share images of you online.
Identifying someone who might be facing abuse
24hr National Domestic Violence Helpline
0808 2000 247: Offer support, help and information regarding domestic abuse and can refer individuals to refuge accommodation.
National LGBT domestic abuse helpline
0800 999 5428: Dedicated to fighting domestic violence and abuse within and against the LGBT communities.
Mens advice line enquiries
0808 801 0327: Provide advice and support for victims of domestic abuse who identify as males.
0808 802 0300: A national helpline specialising in providing information and guidance to victims of harassment and stalking as well as their friends and family.