Domestic abuse is very common and can ruin lives. The police estimate that they get a call every minute from someone who is a victim of domestic abuse.
The term refers to threats, violence or abuse between people who have a relationship with each other, have had in the past or are family members.
Some organisations use the word 'abuse' instead of 'violence', but we think these terms are interchangeable.
Domestic abuse can take different forms.
- Physical abuse: Pushing, hitting, punching, kicking, choking and using weapons.
- Sexual abuse: Forcing or pressuring someone to have sex (rape), unwanted sexual activity, touching, groping someone or making them watch pornography.
- Financial abuse: Taking money, controlling finances, not letting someone work.
- Emotional/psychological abuse: Making someone feel bad or scared, stalking, blackmailing, constantly checking up on someone, playing mind games.