Domestic Violence and Abuse Facts

In the UK, 1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime.

In the UK one phone call is made to the police relating to domestic abuse every 30 seconds.

Contrary to popular beliefs, domestic abuse is not just “getting a beating” by your partner, spouse or ex, nor does it reflect only heterosexual relationships. Women in homosexual and transgender relationships also experience domestic abuse.

There are many different types of abuse that have only recently formally been recognised as abuse and thus, changing the title from Domestic Violence to Domestic Abuse.

On this page you will find more information on the following;
1. What is domestic abuse?

2. Power and control

3. Controlling behaviour definition

4. Coercive behaviour definition

5. Types of abuse

Who are the perpetrators? – Coming soon
Victims of domestic abuse – Coming soon
Children living with domestic abuse – coming soon


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What is domestic abuse?

The latest definition of 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 refers to women in same gender relationships, mixed gender relationships and also women who are in the process of leaving their current relationship. Indeed, women are in more danger from domestic abuse in the first twelve months when a relationships ends.

The United Nations Convention Against Torture defines torture as “an act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person”, for a purpose such as obtaining information or a confession, punishment, intimidation, or coercion, “or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind”.

Power and Control:

Abusers believe they have a right to control their partners in the abusive relationships by utilising the tactics found in the power and control wheel, by:
•Telling them what to do and expecting obedience
•Using force to maintain power and control over partners
•Feeling their partners have no right to challenge their desire for power and control
•Feeling justified making the victim comply
•Blaming the abuse on the partner and not accepting responsibility for wrongful acts.



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.”

Types of abuse

Click on the links below to find a more detailed description of each category of abuse:

The main categories of abuse are;
Psychological and emotional

The Cycle of Abuse