Domestic abuse occurs when a person or group of people use a pattern of coercion, violence or threatening behaviour to control and frighten an intimate partner or family member. It can include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, economic abuse, intimidation, manipulation and humiliation. 

Domestic abuse is prevalent across the world and in the UK. Anyone can be subjected to domestic abuse, it affects people regardless of socio-economic background, race, faith, sexuality and gender. However, domestic abuse is overwhelmingly perpetrated by men against women.  

Below you will find some helpful resources that explain some of the different types of domestic abuse.