Domestic abuse is an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence. In the majority of cases, domestic violence is inflicted by a partner or ex-partner but can also be by a family member or carer.
Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to the following:
- Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
- Psychological and/or emotional abuse
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Financial or economic abuse (withholding or controlling money, not allowing the victim to earn money)
- Harassment and stalking
Most domestic abuse is experienced by women and perpetrated by men, however, this is not always the case. Domestic abuse can occur to anyone of any gender or age.