What is domestic abuse? Click to get info
Domestic abuse is: Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:
Controlling behaviour is: 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.
Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.
Domestic abuse happens across all communities, faiths and cultures. Most often, domestic abuse is committed by men against women, but it also happens in gay, lesbian bisexual and transgender relationships. Sometimes other family members may also be involved.
Waltham Forest Council is committed to working in partnership with statutory, voluntary and community organisations to prevent Domestic abuse and to reduce the harm it causes to individuals, families and the community as a whole.
Types of domestic abuse:
- Physical abuse (violence) can include pushing, hitting, punching, kicking, choking and using weapons.
- Verbal abuse is the use of harsh or insulting language directed at a person. You might be called names or constantly put down by your partner.
- Emotional abuse or coercive control is the act(s) of repeatedly making someone feel bad, intimidated or scared. This can include threatening or controlling behaviour (such as controlling or withholding finances), blackmailing, constantly criticising or checking up on someone, or playing mind games.
- Coercive control is now a criminal offence under the Serious Crime Act 2015.
- Psychological or mental abuse is when someone is subjected or exposed to a situation that can result in psychological trauma, including anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Sexual abuse is when you’re forced or pressured to have sex without your consent (rape), unwanted sexual activity, touching, groping or being made to watch pornography.
As many as one in four women and one in six men experience some form of domestic abuse at some point in their lives.
It can be hard to admit, even to yourself, that you are a victim of Domestic Abuse. But this is the first step to getting help.
No one has the right to abuse you. You and your children have a right to be safe.
Ignoring violence is dangerous. Violence rarely happens only once. In fact it is more usual for the violence to become more serious the longer it carries on.
Domestic violence support services translated Click to get info
To ensure that everyone has access the information they need We have translated the domestic abuse support service information into the following nine languages
- Domestic abuse support service in Arabic
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- Domestic abuse support service in Kurdish
- Domestic abuse support service in Polish
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