What is Domestic Abuse?

The Home Office definition of domestic violence and 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: psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional”.


Domestic violence and abuse happens to women and men, in same sex relationships as well as heterosexual ones. The majority of domestic abuse is against women but there is also a rising issue with violence towards men. Male victims of domestic abuse are increasingly speaking out and looking for support. Behind Closed Doors provides support for all members of society regardless of their gender, age, race or sexual orientation.


It is not always easy to identify but simply put …. If you feel scared of your partner/family member, it is likely you are experiencing domestic abuse.


More details about different types of abuse are detailed below, together with Signs of Abuse and also information about how to help someone you may be worried about.

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