What is Domestic Abuse?
The government defines domestic abuse as "Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality." This includes issues of concern to black and minority ethnic (BME) communities such as so called 'honour killings'
Research shows that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men are subject to domestic abuse in their lifetime.
Where can I go for help and support?
If you need to talk to someone about a violent or abusive relationship, or about your own abusive behaviour, or you need advice or practical assistance, there are a number of support services who can help.
If you find yourself in immediate danger, contact the police on 999.
Why do victims stay?
Page Last Updated: 10 January 2013