The government defines domestic abuse as:
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, and emotional abuse.
This includes issues of concern to black and minority ethnic (BME) communities such as so-called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage.
You are not alone
- 30% of domestic violence starts in pregnancy.
- Two women are killed each week in England and Wales by a current or former partner.
- On average a woman will be assaulted by a partner 35 times before reporting it to the police.
We are here to provide you with help and support